Popularly known as the “City of Pines”, Baguio is the go-to city for people who want to escape the hustle and bustle of the congested metropolis. Baguio is the favorite destination for tourists, foreign and local. The city attracts visitors from different places any time of the year. Visitors usually bring their own vehicles or they can hire rental cars from within the city proper.
The city, sitting on the roof of the Cordillera Mountains has the coolest temperature year round. It also offers the diverse cultures of the Philippines. Baguio visitors will be treated to scenic views of the mountains, forest reserves, parks, and the ubiquitous pine trees.
Visitors will be mesmerized by the unique mix of historical and natural attractions, and a unique blending of cultures of Spanish, American, and native Cordillera tribal influences that could be seen in the city’s socio-cultural flavor. The city is a combination of a technology hub and economic zone, giving the visitors the opportunity to do their shopping at the top of the mountains. There are many things to buy in Baguio, ranging from the fresh vegetables and fruits to native woodcraft and jewelry. The city is a melting pot of various ethnic cultures and traditions that can only be appreciated by actually immersing oneself in the midst of the ethnic milieu offered by the different native tribes. Hire a rental car to get you from one tourist spot to another.
First time and repeat visitors to Baguio will enjoy their stay in the city by visiting the following tourist attractions:
- Baguio City Hall – Any tour of Baguio must have the City Hall as the starting point. It is located right at the heart of the city. The original building built in 1910 during the term of the first city mayor, E. W. Reynolds was destroyed during World War II. It was replaced by the current building that was constructed in 1949-1950.
- Burnham Park – A visit to Baguio will not be complete without stopping by the famous Burnham Park, a nature spot that became an urban park designed by American architect Daniel H. Burnham who also laid the plans for the city. The park is a sprawling 32 hectares of green space right in the middle of the city. It is very close to the City Hall.
- Baguio Cathedral – The Our Lady of Atonement Cathedral stands on a hill showcasing its twin spires, rose windows, and stained glasses. The cathedral overlooks the magnificent views around the city.
- Baguio Botanical Garden – The main entrance of this sprawling garden with winding trails and stone steps is found along Leonard Wood Road. It is located between two tourist attractions – Teacher’s Camp and Pacdal Circle. The huge park features relics of an Igorot Village, which include sculptures and tribal huts.
- Mines View Park – The breathtaking scenery of Baguio could be seen on its best only from the Mines View Park. It is located on the city outskirts offering a clear view of the Benguet mountain ranges that were sites of old gold, silver, and ore mines.
- Wright Park – It is the go-to place for adults and young who want to experience horseback rides. Located in the northeast part of the city, the park features ponies for hire to anyone who wants to ride them.
- Baguio Public Market – A visit to Baguio usually culminates with a shopping stop at the Baguio Public Market. Fresh fruits and vegetables could be purchased at very low prices. You could tell Baguio visitors when they return to the metropolis because they carry a load of Baguio vegetables and fruits.
Visitors to the city must spend at least a day or two in order to fully enjoy the city. Rent a chaffeur driven van for you to get around the city. There are many places to see and thing to enjoy that if you are only staying for a few hours in the city, your visit will not be complete.