Baguio is the lone chartered city of the Cordillera Administrative Region. Baguio City boasts its cool climate, abundant pine trees, and a wide array of attractions. Baguio City tourist spots cater to all groups and ages.
The city is brimming with exciting activities, events, stores, café and restaurants, and places. Below are some of the city’s points of interest.
Baguio City Tourist Spots
This botanical park is along Leonard Wood Rd. It is filled with diverse vegetation which includes pine trees, flowering plants, and vines. It’s your easy access to a much-needed nature-break.
You can tour the park by following a stoned path. There are giant stone and metal sculptures and other interesting artifacts. The botanical garden has no entrance fee.
The Baguio Museum is within the Department of Tourism – Philippine Tourism Authority(PTA) Complex in Governor Pack Rd. You can find it near the intersection of Harrison Rd. and Governor Pack Rd.
It is a learning venue for those who are interested in culture and history. The Museum contains artifacts, books, and pictures of Baguio City through the years.
Burnham Park is located in the heart of the city. You can stroll, bike, boat, or skate in the park. It is divided into different sections including the Orchidarium, Children’s Park, Rose Garden, Biking Area, Burnham Lake, Melvin Jones Ground, and Skating Rink.
The park has no entrance fee but certain activities have corresponding rental charges. In the morning, the park turns into a fitness hub by different health enthusiasts. There are joggers and dancers of Zumba and Taebo.
Camp John Hay
Camp John Hay is a 690-hectare complex that used to be an R&R (rest and recreation) station made for the US Armed Forces in the Philippines before it was handed to the Philippine government 1991. It is now a major destination for different local and national events.
This is the place to be if you want to feel the pine trees-filled vibe of the old Baguio. Pine trees are all-over the recreation facilities. There are also protected areas for the trees.
You can trek, have a picnic, play golf, or try the tree top adventures within the compound. There are hotels, restaurants, and boutiques within Camp John Hay.
Maryknoll Ecological Sanctuary
This hideout is located in Campo Sioco. The garden provides a serene environment where you can get away from the noise of the city.
The sanctuary is filled with trees, ornamentals, and some synthetic elements. There are kiosks, two mini man-made caves, and a hanging bridge.
Mines View Park
Mines View Park is located in Barangay Mines View. Its elevation allows you to see the different mining areas in Itogon, Benguet.
There are also horses and costumes you can rent for your pictorials. There are plenty of ornamentals and souvenir shops within the area.
This park is located in South Drive. This is a mini-park where you can stroll or have a picnic. It has a butterfly house and a café.
Philippine Military Academy
PMA is located in Fort Del Pilar. It is a training academy for future AFP officials.
Some parts of the compound are open to tourists. In here you can see some of the military artilleries. The academy has a museum where you can study the history of the PMA. There are also picnic areas.
This attraction is located in Pinsao Proper. It showcases the culture, artistry, and craftsmanship of the Cordilleran.
There are nipa huts representing the ancient houses of different tribes. Inside some of the nipa huts are art galleries. You can hike your way up or watch native dances within the compound.
The Mansion is located in Leonard Wood Rood, just across Wright Park. This is where the country’s president stays while in Baguio City.
If you want to tour some parts of the city on four hooves, this is the place to be. You can go for a horse ride around the compound; you can also go to Outlook Drive or Mines View Park. If you’re not up for a horse-ride, you can just stroll along the area.
Reminders to Tourists
The residents of Baguio City are glad to have tourists around. It boosts the local economy. We’d like you to enjoy the city in a brief time just as much as we enjoy it.
However, we hope that tourists will be responsible enough so that both locals and tourists will be able to preserve the best of what’s left in the City. We also hope that the residents will not suffer during the influx of visitors. Here are some reminders:
- Keep Baguio Clean.
It is upsetting that scattered and piles of garbage is a common sight after famed events like Panagbenga.
- As much as possible, use public transport or walk.
Traffic is anticipated due to the influx of tourists but you can contribute to minimizing it by keeping your car away from congested areas. The best way to truly enjoy the city is by foot. We will thank you for that.
- Be mindful of your valuables.
Unfortunately, goons take advantage of the crowd. We want you to enjoy your stay here, so avoid bringing expensive gadgets and unnecessary cash with you.
- Buy and dine locally.
Patronize merchants selling local goods. They need it more than those who own big franchise companies. Here are some cheap souvenir ideas for your pasalubong needs.
- Save water and other resources.
- Obey traffic rules and other city ordinances.
- Be sensitive to the culture of the locals.
Aside from the tourist destinations within Baguio City, there are also points of interest on nearby municipalities like Itogon, La Trinidad, Tuba, and Sablan.