Baguio City is a very popular destination among locals. It became a popular place to visit because of its cool weather. A lot of Filipinos visit Baguio to get away from the hot climate of the lowlands in the country. And because of that cool climate, Baguio became known as “The Summer Capital of the Philippines” and at the same time it’s also known as the “City of Pines”. There are many places to visit in Baguio.
Here are Top Ten Places to Visit in Baguio City:
1. Baguio Cathedral – This church is one of the prominent and most visited landmarks in Baguio City. It is known for its beautiful rose-colored exteriors, traditional stained glass and its twin spires. The construction of the cathedral begun in 1920 and was finished in 1936 was dedicated to Our Lady of Atonement.
2. Mines View Park – This park is popular because of it spectacular view of the nearby mountains. This is definitely one of the must see places in Baguio.
3. Strawberry Farm – The area nearby Baguio such as La Trinidad is one the few places in Philippines to grow strawberries. The fields full of strawberries are a pleasant sight to behold. Visitors are allowed to roam around the farm and they are allowed to pick strawberries but you have to pay for the kilo that you picked. There are also a lot of vendors outside the farm selling baskets so you are well equipped when you visit the farm.
4. The Mansion – The Mansion was built in 1908 and used to serve as the summer residence of US Governor-Generals but now it serves as summer residence of the Philippines President. It was severely damaged during the Second World War but it was rebuilt in 1947. Tourists can visit the Mansion’s Museum containing memorabilia from some of the past presidents of the country.
5. Burnham Park – This park is named after the American architect and urban planner Daniel Hudson Burnham who laid the plans for the city. The park is also a famous tourist attraction located at the central part of the city and one of the most visited spots in Baguio. It has a lake where you could rent a boat and it is very popular to families and couples alike. You could also find a lot of vendors around the park selling a variety of items.
6. Lourdes Grotto – This is another most visited place in Baguio especially to pilgrims and Christians. It is located at the top of Mirador Hills where you could see a statue of Our Lady of Lourdes. Reaching the grotto is no easy feat because one must climb 252 flights of stairs.
7. Baguio Botanical Garden – This garden is also known as the Igorot Village because of the native huts (used to be dwellings of Igorot) that can be found in the park. This is a nice place to observe local flora species and to just enjoy the beauty of nature.
8. Taoist Bell Church – located at the downtown area of La Trinidad Benguet, also one of the most visited places in Baguio City. You can enjoy beautiful landscape gardens, magnificent pagodas and colourful temples. This is also a god place to learn some bits of facts about the Chinese culture.
9. Wright Park – You can find this park just across The Mansion. This is also a nice place to enjoy and just savor the tranquillity and beauty of nature.
10. Camp John Hay – A visit to Baguio will not be complete without going to Camp John Hay. This was a hill station used primarily for R & R of US Armed Forces in the Philippines personnel and their dependents. Now, this would probably be one of the most popular places to go to in Baguio City.
Have you been to Baguio? Feel free to share your tips and recommendations.
Photo Credits (Flickr Creative Commons): Cathedral by Rex Pe/ Strawberries by galnextdoor/ The Mansion by Rex Pe/ Botanical Garden by footprints of a wanderlust/ Wright Park by beanintropics/ Camp John Hay by Sir Mildred Pierce/Burnham Park by Sir Mildred Pierce