10 Tourist Spots for Your BAGUIO ITINERARY

Baguio City has two names famously associated with it: “City of Pines”, and “Summer Capital of the Philippines.” This city in the mountains is a popular destination because of its cool weather and variety of attractions. It is also accessible by private and public transportation. The road improvements over the years have reduced the travel time. There are also plenty of restaurants and accommodations for a comfortable stay. If you’re planning to visit this popular destination, here are some of the things to do and places to visit.


Relax at Burnham Park

 

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This park is a go-to destination of many locals and tourists. This green space amid the concrete jungle in the mountains is a place where you can breathe in the city’s cool air, take leisurely strolls or find a spot to read a book, and even grab a quick snack. There’s a lake where you can rent a rowboat. There’s also a nearby skating rink, a host of gardens as well as a playground. Have a chill time here after a day exploring the other attractions within and outside Baguio City.


Drop by at Camp John Hay

 

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American soldiers used to rest and relax here at Camp John Hay. The military had the camp built in the 1900s. Since its establishment, Camp John Hay has undergone a series of renovations and additions and became a prime tourist destination. This combines a nature and history trip in one. The trees and trails allow for an easy hike and the historical buildings, like The Bell House, provide a glimpse of the camp’s storied past.


Visit the Bencab Museum

 

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Baguio is recognized as a creative city because of the locals’ ingenuity and uniqueness. Don’t leave the city without visiting the famous Bencab Museum. Here you will find art made by National Artist Ben Cabrera more famously known as BenCab. His private museum showcases some of the best contemporary art in the country. You will find a variety of sculptures, indigenous items, and paintings. You will also see work from various local artists during your visit.


Grab a Drink or Two (or More) at the Baguio Craft Brewery

 

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The everyday cool weather of Baguio is perfect for good conversations over beer. For those who want a combination of the perfect atmosphere and distinct flavors, head on over to Baguio Craft Brewery. Try the “Lagud” which is the signature strawberry-flavored drink this establishment is famous for. They also source their ingredients from across the Cordillera Region for a truly local experience.


Stroll through Tam-Awan Village

This quaint enclave has a distinct artistic vibe. Have a sketching session during your trip and try your best at becoming an artist. Feel the cool breeze blow by and let it relax you as you draw. Stroll around and visit some of the traditional houses inside the village. You can also get a meal in the restaurant before leaving or after your session.


Shop at Ukay-Ukay and the Markets

 

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One of the reasons tourists go to Baguio is for its bargain finds. There are many markets and thrift/secondhand shops – locally known as ukay-ukay – where you can find clothes for huge discounts. Your P1000 will allow you to buy many items you can use for your OOTDs. Sort through the items on sale to find what you want and be sure to always ask for the last, best price.


Visit Ifugao Woodcarvers’ Village

 

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This is a village that displays the creativity of the Ifugaos. Here you will see how well-preserved woodcarving and weaving are despite the development and commercialization of Baguio City. Buy souvenirs here and help the locals not just earn, but also keep this traditional art form alive. Some of the items on sale include baskets, tables, and other trinkets.


The Colorful Stobosa Hillside Houses

 

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These colorful homes are not exactly in Baguio City but are close enough in nearby La Trinidad, Benguet. It is only a short drive or jeep ride away from the city. These homes were designed by artists from Tam-Awan Village. Marvel at the varying colors and take pictures before leaving.


Experience the Panagbenga Festival

 

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This festival takes place every February and lasts for a month or so. It got its name from a Kankanaey term which translates into “season of blooming.” See the flowers bloom during the festivities, watch the parade, admire the colorful floats and enjoy the street-dancing.


End Your Night in Session Road

 

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This main road is the commercial center of the City of Pines. Here you will find many establishments where you can eat, drink and be merry. Cap off your day at a restaurant and grab a drink at a nearby bar after a day of touring.


Where to Stay in Baguio City

Baguio is a developed tourist destination with plenty of options for accommodation whether you are traveling on a budget or willing to splurge. Session Road is a tourist hotspot that has several hotel options for those who want to stay near the commercial center. You will have easy access to shops and restaurants if you decide to stay in this area.

There are also hotels and guesthouses near the bus station if you want to stay near a public transportation hub. Baguio is easy to navigate with jeeps coming and going from different parts of the city. Taxis are also cheap and readily available. If you haven’t booked a hotel yet, here’s a list of the most recommended hotels in Baguio as rated by Agoda users (as of January 2019).

Guest Haven Baguio Bed and Breakfast. Photo was provided by the resort via Agoda.

For more options, search here: Baguio Hotels


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