I have been to Philippines several times and have been to many cities. I have spent over 4 months traveling around the Philippines and I have came across two cities that really stand out to me. One is Vigan (cobblestone streets, Spanish Colonial architecture, horse drawn carriages, etc…) and the other is Baguio City. First and foremost is the weather. Baguio is one of the few destinations you can go to the Philippines that has a cool temperature. You can comfortably walk around in a long sleeve shirt on most days. Among other things that makes Baguio stand out is the beautiful tourist destinations, gardens, markets, friendly people and laid back atmosphere. I have listed some of the top tourist spots, destination attractions and things to do while visiting Baguio. I have also shared a review of the hotel where I stayed near Burnham Park, which is the main hub, the city center, the “downtown” that is close to everything that you want to see.
Baguio City Top Tourist Spots and Destinations – Recommendations of Things to Do
Burnham Park – The photo above is a picture taken of Burnham Park. Here you will find beautiful flower gardens, boat rentals for you to take a row, plenty of food options, people out for a stroll or a bike ride. It’s a very relaxing atmosphere.. If you so desired you can join in on one of the zumba exercise sessions that locals love to participate in.
Botanical Gardens, Baguio – I added this tourist spot, because is a FREE attraction. It’s hard to beat free, right? In all honesty I wish they would add a small admission fee which would help keep the gardens spruced up. There were a lot of plants to view, but the potential is there to be so much better! Even a 10 peso fee would add up to make Botanical Garden’s in Baguio a fantastic destination to visit.
Tunnel Walk in Botanical Gardens, Baguio
While at Botanical Gardens be sure to do the “Tunnel Walk”!! This is a real tunnel built by the Japanese in World War II. The tunnel is approximately 150 meters in length.. Don’t worry, there are lights inside the tunnel like what is shown in the photo.
Session Road – Do you love to window shop, eat street food, and/or mingle with the locals? I had a blast spending an afternoon doing just that! Psssh…. Try the Strawberry Taho while you are there. This road goes through the heart of the town and is lined with restaurants, shops, bakeries, and movie theaters. It’s also the place to go to if you need supplies or medications from the drug store.
Baguio Cathedral – While you are out strolling through Session Road, be on the look out for Baguio Cathedral. It is a beautiful and you won’t be able to miss it. It is pink with stained glass with two towers on each side. The architecture of the cathedral is magnificent and was a tribute to the Virgin Mary back in 1920.
The Mansion – This is the “summer home” of Philippine presidents! You can walk through a museum and see a lot of cool memorabilia from former presidents. When the president is not staying in The Mansion, visitors can enter the gates (although you get all the way in). It’s a great photo op and the museum is worth the visit.
Mt. Ulap – I am recommending Mt. Ulap because while I was in Baguio I hiked to the top of Mt. Ulap and the view was amazing. If your in decent health, you can take the hike as well. It’s rated a 4 out of 9 on the difficulty scale. You will definitely be worn out by the end of the 4-6 hour hike, but the photos you will get from the summit is priceless. It is about a 30-40 minute jeepney ride from Baguio, but it’s worth the trip if you love the physical outdoorsy / hiking / adventure type of things like me 🙂 In my article (the link in this paragraph) I outline things you should take, directions and other things you should know about Mt. Ulap before you go.
Wright Park – This was a neat place to visit. Check out the “Pool of Pines”, which is a pool of water surrounded by pine trees (hence the name.. haha).. This is also a place where you can actually go on horse rides. Another thing you can do is dress up in authentic native costumes for approximately 20 pesos to capture some great photo memories to take back home with you.
There are many more other top tourist destinations that I wish I had time to visit on my wonderful stay in Baguio. Other things to do in Baguio are :
Other Top Tourist Spots / Destinations in Baguio :
- Mines View Park
- Camp John Hay
- Mount Santo Thomas
- Lourdes Grotto
- Bell Church
- Asin Hot Springs
- Wood Carvers Village
- Easter Weaving Room
- Strawberry Farm
Hotels Near Downtown Baguio – Near Burnham Park
There are many hotels that are in Baguio, but you will want to pick the best hotel for your budget and needs. We also strongly recommend choosing a hotel near Burnham Park, because from this location you can walk to many, many tourist destinations in Baguio. You can also catch a trike, jeepney, etc.. very easily from downtown, near Burnham Park.