16 days in Northern Mariana Islands & Guam Itinerary

16 days in Northern Mariana Islands & Guam Itinerary

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Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands
— 6 nights
Tinian, Northern Mariana Islands
— 2 nights
Tumon, Guam
— 6 nights


Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands

— 6 nights
As the largest of Northern Mariana Islands, Saipan represents an important entry port in the archipelago.
Relax by the water at Obyan Beach and Ladder Beach. Discover out-of-the-way places like Speedy Tertle and Laulau Beach. Next up on the itinerary: head off the coast to Forbidden Island, explore the activities along Old Man By The Sea, enjoy the sand and surf at Micro Beach, and Head underground at The Grotto.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Saipan trip planner.

Boston, USA to Saipan is an approximately 29.5-hour flight. You can also fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 15 hours traveling from Boston to Saipan. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Boston in December; daily highs in Saipan reach 85°F and lows reach 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel to Tinian.

Things to do in Saipan

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Tinian, Northern Mariana Islands

— 2 nights
Tinian--now home to around 3,000 people--was the site of a ferocious battle between Japanese and Allied forces during World War II. It was eventually captured by the U.S. forces and turned into a large military base.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Tachogna Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Taga Beach, and then look for gifts at Crow's Nests. On the next day, stroll through Chulu Beach, pause for some photo ops at Atomic Bomb Pits, and then explore the ancient world of House of Taga.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Tinian road trip planning tool.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Saipan to Tinian. In December, daily temperatures in Tinian can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Tumon.

Things to do in Tinian

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Tumon, Guam

— 6 nights
Lazing on the beach and cooling off in the clear water remain the most popular things to do in Tumon, the busiest resort town in Guam.
You'll get in some beach time at Fai Fai Beach and Matapang Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Gab Gab Beach and Piti Bomb Holes Preserve. Step out of Tumon with an excursion to Ritidian Point in Hagatna--about 40 minutes away. Spend the 1st (Sat) exploring nature at War in the Pacific National Historical Park. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Ypao Beach Park, play a few rounds at Onward Mangilao Golf Club, don't miss a visit to Two Lovers Point, and take in the dramatic scenery at Tarzan Falls.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Tumon online tour itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Tinian to Tumon takes 4.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Tumon are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Tumon

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

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Northern Mariana Islands travel guide

Islands · Caves · Nature & Parks
An archipelago of 15 islands north of Guam, Northern Mariana Islands remains best known for its tropical weather, excellent scuba diving, and sobering historical reminders of World War II. Originally settled by the Chamorro people, the seemingly remote archipelago has endured a surprisingly turbulent history thanks to its strategic location in the South Pacific. Ferdinand Magellan landed in 1521 and claimed the islands for the Spanish, but since then the archipelago came under successive German, Japanese, and finally U.S. rule. A holiday in Northern Mariana Islands typically involves lazing on pristine beaches, enjoying succulent tropical fruits, and scuba diving among the many impressive offshore shipwrecks.

Guam travel guide

Beaches · Shopping Malls · Landmarks
Indigenous, Spanish colonial, and American influences are all visible during a vacation in Guam, a Pacific island that forms part of the Mariana Archipelago. First settled by the indigenous Chamorro people centuries ago, the island was "discovered" by Ferdinand Magellan in 1521-- Spanish colonial powers eventually settled the island in 1668. Today the island is a U.S. territory, with many mainland U.S. citizens choosing to visit Guam as a visa-free way to enjoy the Pacific. Tourism in Guam focuses heavily on the island's picturesque beaches, extensive diving opportunities, and indigenous culture and history.