American Memorial Park

For a true tropical experience, check out Saipan, which in terms of latitude, is halfway between Hawaii and the equator. Saipan, part of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), is a glittering jewel on the deep blue of the western Pacific Ocean. The indigenous people of Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands are called Chamorro, and a large Carolinian Islands population has also lived on the island since the 1800s. Victory in Pacific Theater for WWII was due in large part to the US capturing the Northern Mariana Islands, and the American Memorial Park pays tribute to that fact. The CNMI consists of three islands: Saipan, at a whopping 44 square miles; Tinian, with 39 square miles; and Rota, with 33 square miles. 

Things to Do

Things To Do Near American Memorial Park

The American Memorial Park was built to honor the people who gave their lives during the Marianas Campaign of World War II. This 133-acre park conserves historical structures, such as Japanese bunkers, called pillboxes, fuel storage tanks, bunkers, and a bathhouse/garden complex. The main focus, however, is the inscribed memorials. At the visitor's center, you'll find interactive displays detailing the history of these islands and the specific role the region played in WWII. The park is designed as a living memorial. Within its boundaries, you can enjoy picnicking, fishing, swimming, photography, water sports, tennis, jogging, and bicycling. The majority of the park is open-air, designed to let you stroll from one area to another at your leisure. Keep in mind that the tropical sun is very intense, though. It is suggested to wear a hat and sunglasses in addition to plenty of sunscreen or sun-protective clothing.

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How To Get To American Memorial Park

From the Saipan International Airport, proceed North on Airport Road (Tun Herman Pan Highway). When the road ends, turn left onto Monsignor Guerrero Road, which ends at Beach Road. Turn right onto Beach Road. Beach Road ends at American Memorial Park Mall. Turn right onto Micro Beach Road and follow that to the parking lot. The park itself is open 24 hours a day. The Visitor Center is open every day from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Visitor Center is closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Years Day.

Address

P.O. Box 5198, Saipan, MP 96950

Fee: Entry fee $0

At American Memorial Park, you can choose your experience. It can be a profound learning venture about the sacrifices of war or a relaxing day with the family hanging out on the beach or playing tennis. No roads go to Saipan as it's an isolated island in the Pacific; however, a visit to this truly unique location will be a trip you and the family will never forget.