Saipan, Tinian and Rota each present a wealth of historic, cultural and geographic sites that highlight the unique richness of the Northern Marianas. The best part is, you can easily visit a number of significant sites in a single day due to the intimacy of these small islands.
On the North side of the island, just across the entrance to Banzai Cliff, you will find the Last Command Post. The cliffside bunker housed the last remnants of an organized Japanese military defense during the WWII invasion of Saipan by the Americans. Gaping holes in the bunker are the result of shelling by American battleships.
Tanks, anti-aircraft guns, large artillery pieces, torpedos, and other relics of the WWII battles, mostly of Japanese origin, can be seen at the base of the command post. Remnants of a sugar train car and train tracks, and a fine example of a prehistoric Chamorro basalt pestle, can also be seen on the grounds.
The trailhead for the "Banadero Trail", a hiking path that leads to the top of Suicide Cliff is located at the Last Command Post.
Sites on Saipan.