Road Trip Ideas Near Metro Manila: Visit These Scenic Destinations To Relax And Unwind
If you’re feeling stressed out living in Metro Manila, all you have to do is to embark on a quick escape. When you feel that you are in dire need of a recharge, round up your family or travel buddies, grab that car, throw in those travel necessities and hit the road.
Here is a run-through of road trip ideas outside Metro Manila to make you relax your tired limbs and soul.
1. San Antonio, Zambales
Just three hours away from Metro Manila, San Antonio is a home to breathtaking natural sceneries.
Upon arriving in San Antonio, have your car parked in town then go rent a boat to explore the well-renowned Anawangin Cove. This can only be accessible via a boat ride.
You may also want to visit the stunning Capones Island if you wish to be amazed with the gorgeous rock formations plus the pristine white sand.
Seated just 55 km away from the Metro, Tagaytay bestows a cool, great escape from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Tagaytay is likewise a hub for quite a few interesting activities. For instance, you can have some fun at the new Sky Ranch Theme park, get on a food trip or check out the infamous Taal Volcano Island.
Plus, the drive up to Tagaytay Highlands is already a thrilling experience, as you will have a good view of the place.
Also Read: Top 10 Things To Do and See in Tagaytay City
3. San Miguel, Bulacan
Located north of Manila, Bulacan boasts several religious and historical tourist destinations, including the popular Barasoain Church.
But, of course, tourists, especially nature lovers, can also have more options to pick from, particularly in San Miguel.
Right off the bat, Biak-na-Bato National Park is one of the favorites in this place. As a little refresher, Biak-na-Bato was deemed the hideaway of revolutionaries in the Spanish regime. Back in the time of the late President Manuel Quezon, this was tagged a national park.
The park, for the uninitiated, touts waterfalls, hiking trails along with many caves, such as the Madlum Cave.
Outdoor enthusiasts can also enjoy exploring Mt. Manalmon, a part of the Sierra Madre Mountain Range. Fun activities in the place include crossing the Monkey Bridge, rappelling, diving, river rafting, rock climbing and, of course, swimming at the Madlum River.
4. Angono, Rizal
For art enthusiasts, Angono, which is considered Philippines’ art capital, is an ideal road trip destination. When you get there, you will realize why it is called as such.
Among the well-renowned art museums in the place include Blanco Family Museum, Botong Francisco Museum, Nemiranda Arthouse plus Atelier Museum. Balaw Balaw Restaurant is also among the top places to visit in Angono. Do note that it is not only an eating place; it is a gallery as well.
Binangonan-Angono Petroglyphs, the country’s oldest artwork, is also must-visit spot in this town.
It is worth mentioning that tourists will even find artworks on streets, showing off the innate talent of the people of Angono Rizal.
Lastly, make sure to check out the lovely sunset at Angono Lakeside Park before heading back to Manila.
There you have it: some of the top road trip ideas for your well-deserved short vacation.
A little retreat is definitely good every once in a while, as it undeniably make you breathe from that tight work schedule in toasty Metro Manila.
Now, fuel your wanderlust and head on over to some of the above-mentioned destinations that are located a few hours away from Metro Manila.
Should you have other places on your own list, let us know in the comments section below.