The city of Garapan is the most urban area in the CNMI (Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands) but is considered more of a "mini town". Hotels, restaurants, shopping centers, smaller stores and shops, other businesses, and American Memorial Park are all within walking distance from each other, although unfamiliar tourists can take a taxicab to and from the insular areas of the city along with the other villages outside of Garapan. There are no public buses in Saipan, but DFS Galleria provides a free bus to its customers between the store and major hotels around the island.
At American Memorial Park, on Micro Beach Road (at the north end of Beach Road), there is a free museum on the Battle of Saipan with relics, audio recordings, and a documentary in several languages. There is also a gift shop. American Memorial Park is a U.S. National Park.
The Kristo Rai Church is a local landmark on Beach Road across from the fishing base, south of McDonald's. A historic bell tower is behind the church, to the left if you are on Beach Road facing the church.
Besides the many shopping and eating opportunities in Garapan, there is still much more to do. All beaches on Saipan are public (even if they are located in front of a hotel), so regardless of where you are staying, you can go swimming or enjoy other activities at Micro Beach. You can take a walk, jog, play frisbee, have a picnic, or check out the Visitor Center at American Memorial Park, which is next to Micro Beach. You can get a massage or you can get your hair done. You can rent a car or a motor scooter. You can watch the dancers in front of I Love Saipan, on Beach Road north of DFS Galleria.
There are many opportunities for shopping in Garapan. The DFS Galleria is a large shopping center that offers duty free shopping with low tax. Star Sands Plaza is the largest souvenir and island lifestyle store on island where U.S retail brand outlet Everblue store can be found. ABC STORES has two Saipan branches with an initial inventory that includes stocked grocery, souvenirs, drugs and cosmetics, ABC has grown to carry anything a tourist would need. There is also a popular local department store called Joeten in Garapan that offers unique gifts and grocery items. The Athlete's Foot is located next to Joeten at Hafa Adai Shopping Center.