United flies from Reagan National to Guam, connecting through Houston and Honolulu. The carrier also offers service between Guam and Saipan. Delta flies from National and Washington Dulles to Guam but stops in Japan, so you’ll need a passport.
WHERE TO STAY
Holiday Resort and Spa
881 Pale San Vitores Rd., Tumon, Guam
Full-service hotel in main tourist area with restaurant, spa, fitness center and pool. Near airport, beach and shopping. Rates from $125.
245 Gun Beach Rd., Tumon
Japanese-owned luxury hotel is tucked between Tumon Bay and Gun Beach. All rooms have balconies and water views. Rates from $125.
Fiesta Resort and Spa
Beach Road, Saipan
The resort’s back yard is the beach. Modern rooms and loads of extra amenities, such as billiards, tennis, an outdoor bar, a Polynesian show, various restaurants, etc. Steps from the entertainment, dining and shopping of Garapan. Rates from $120.
WHERE TO EAT
Jeff’s Pirates Cove
Route 4, Ipan Talofofo, Guam
Lively restaurant and bar with American, seafood and Greek options, plus a museum and entertainment. Dishes from $10.
Ypao Beach, Pale San Vitores Rd., Tumon
Chamorro-Asian fusion dishes such as hibachi-style spare ribs and mochiko-crusted izumidai (tilapia). Entrees from about $13.
Shirley’s Coffee Shop
Century Hotel, Garapan, Saipan
Serves Chamorro, Filipino and American cuisine, such as chop suey, congee and fried rice (including a spicy Spam version), 24 hours a day. Second location in Susupe. Dishes from $6.
WHAT TO DO
War in the Pacific National Historical Park
T. Stell Newman Visitor Center
Marine Corps Drive, Guam
Lina’la’ Chamorro Cultural Park
Gun Beach, Tumon
Learn about Chamorro culture at the museum and through demos in the model village. Daily 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. U.S. citizens $10.
American Memorial Park
Micro Beach Road, Saipan
National Park Service visitor center open Wednesday-Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Park also includes attractions such as Carillon Belltower, U.S. Memorial Court of Honor and Flag Circle, and Micro Beach. Free.
Guam Boonie Stompers
Group leads hikes every Saturday. Meet at 9 a.m. in the center court of Chamorro Village in Hagatna. $2.