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2023 Baguio Itinerary | Top 26 BAGUIO TOURIST SPOTS

What are the Top Tourist Spots in Baguio City?

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BAGUIO ITINERARY: Best Things to do in Baguio City, Philippines

Commonly known as the “Summer Capital of the Philippines” and nicknamed the “City of Pines,” Baguio City is a family-friendly destination known for its cool climate, historical attractions, colorful festivals, and open green spaces crawling with pine trees and fun outdoor activities.

Looking for fun things to do in Baguio City? Baguio is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Luzon. A pine-scented cool breeze is the peculiarity of this city. Apart from the cold weather and fresh food, you can also enjoy Boating, shopping, and horseback riding in this city.

Here are the top 26 Baguio City Tourist Spots and other recommended things to include in your itinerary to make sure you’ll get the most out of your stay in Baguio City:

Lions Head

The Lion Head Baguio City
The Lion Head Baguio City

Located along Kennon Road, a massive lion’s head reaching 40 feet high can be carved into a huge boulder. The monument was unveiled to the public in 1972 when pioneer members of Baguio City Host Lions Club wanted to make their presence known in the area, along with other monument projects like the Melvin Jones Memorial Grandstand and the Baguio War Memorial Monument. Today, Lion’s Head is a popular pictorial site for those heading to or leaving from Baguio.

It’s always the first stop in everyone’s Baguio City Itinerary, especially those who chose Kenon road as their entry point.

Location: Camp 6 Kennon Road near Baguio–Tuba Boundary, Baguio City
Operating Hours: 24/7

Sketching sessions with artists in Tam-Awan Village

Art within the walls of the Tam-Awan Cafe
Art within the walls of the Tam-Awan Cafe
Igorot Cultural Performers at Tamawan Village
Igorot Cultural Performers at Tamawan Village

Tam-Awan Village showcases indigenous craftsmanship and culture by displaying reconstructed Ifugao and Kalinga huts and providing a safe space for artistic and cultural activities. The word “Tam-awan” means “vantage point,” derived from the views of the South China Sea from the Cordillera Huts occupying a hillside. The village was founded by the Chanum Foundation in 1998 to create a model village for tourists who have not been to the Cordillera interior.

Location: 366-C Pinsao Proper, Long Long Benguet Road, Baguio City
Operating Hours: 8AM to 6PM, Daily
Entrance Rates: PHP60 Adults; PHP40 Students, Senior Citizens, PWDs; PHP30 Children between 4 and 10 years; FREE of charge for children 3 years and below

Buy Fresh vegetables, fruits, and Pasalubong.

Baguio City Public Market
Baguio City Public Market
Baguio Public Market Pasalubong Shopping
Baguio Public Market Pasalubong Shopping

During the dry and cool months in Baguio City, people can buy strawberries in the public market or Burnham Park. You may also want to visit La Trinidad Benguet and pick the berries themselves. This city’s fruits and vegetables are cheap and freshly picked daily. Strawberry jams are also available at a reasonable price.

Strawberry Taho (soft/silken tofu)

Strawberry Flavored Taho in Baguio City
Strawberry Flavored Taho in Baguio City

Strawberry taho is a special drink in Baguio city. It is available at a low price of 10 – 15 pesos per cup. Taho is a local delicacy prepared from soy and sweetened using liquid sugar. Tapioca balls are also served together with this drink. This unique mix is topped with strawberry syrup and whole strawberries.

You can get one at the Strawberry Farm in La Trinidad, Benguet, at Session Road, or at Burnham Park.

Visit Camp John Hay

Camp John Hay Commissary by Dahon via Flickr
Camp John Hay Commissary by Dahon via Flickr

Camp John Hay is a former US Military Camp transformed into a recreation center and park with many activities like picnicking, hiking the Yellow Trail, strolling around Bell House, ziplining at the Tree Top Adventure, and burying negative thoughts at the Cemetery of Negativism. The variety of activities offered by the park is ideal for those with limited time to tour Baguio City.

Location: Camp John Hay, Baguio City
Operating Hours: 24/7 (Yellow Trail); 8AM to 5PM, Daily (Tree Top Adventure)
Entrance Rates: PHP70 per head (Bell House and Cemetery of Negativism)

Horseback riding in Wright Park

Horseback Riding in Camp John Hay, Baguio
Horseback Riding in Camp John Hay, Baguio

There are several horseback riding spots in Baguio City, but the most popular one is Wright Park. Some horseback riding trails are available near Baguio Country Club, Camp John Hay, and Mines View Park.

Wright Park is known for its “Pool of Pines,” a rectangular pond surrounded by pine trees, and several horseback riding opportunities. Named after the former Governor-General Luke Edward Wright, the park is a popular recreational area with pedestrian, bicycle, and equestrian trails and rests spots for locals and tourists. There are around 200 horses available to hire, owned and maintained by the “Pony Boys,” and the Wright Park Riding Circle is where the horseback riding activities are held.

Location: Wright Park, Pacdal Circle, Baguio City
Operating Hours: 6AM to 7PM, Daily
Entrance Rates: FREE
Horseback Riding Rates: PHP200/30 minutes, PHP300/hour

Buy Mountain Coffee

Mountain Coffee at Tamawan Village
Mountain Coffee at Tamawan Village

The coffee made from Kopi Luwak, the world’s most expensive coffee bean, is available in this city. Some stalls sell different types of Philippine-produced coffee inside the Baguoio public market, like Benguet Blend, Kalinga Brew, Monks Blend, and Kapeng Barako.

Visit Burnham Park

Inside Burnham Park
Inside Burnham Park

Officially known as the Burnham Park Reservation, Burnham Park was named after Daniel Burnham, who designed the park’s layout. The open green space is considered Baguio’s “mother of all parks,” with favorite attractions like the Burnham Lagoon, Igorot Garden, Rose Garden, and Orchidarium. Popular activities at Burnham Park include riding a swan boat and tandem biking.

Location: Burnham Park, Jose Abad Santos Drive, Baguio City
Operating Hours: 24/7
Entrance Rates: FREE

Rental Rates: PHP200/hour (Boat for 5 pax + PHP50 for hired rower); PHP150/hour (Chopper/Big Bike); PHP100/hour (Kiddie Go Kart); PHP50/hour (Tandem Bike)

Souvenir Shopping

Souvenir Shopping in Baguio
Souvenir Shopping in Baguio

Many beautiful gifts, including wood carvings, silver jewelry, woven cloths, and other handicrafts produced in the Mountain Province and Benguet.

Budol Tip: To save money, buy souvenir items in the public market.

Pink Sisters Convent

Pink Sisters Convent in Baguio photo by Tanya Umawing via Flickr
Pink Sisters Convent in Baguio photo by Tanya Umawing via Flickr

At this convent, all wishes are said to come true. As a wish is written and given, the convent’s nuns will pray for it to come true. Donations can be given, but this is not required. If visitors are interested, they can do so. The convent is also famous among tourists because of its products like Ube Jam, Cookies, and other baked goodies.

Ukay-Ukay Shopping at the Night Market

Ukay Ukay Shops in Baguio City
Ukay Ukay Shops in Baguio City
Baguio City Night Market photo by Austin Nicomedez via Unsplash
Baguio City Night Market photo by Austin Nicomedez via Unsplash

Found along Harrison Road near Burnham Park, the Baguio Night Market is the best place to go thrift shopping in Baguio City, truly an “ukay-ukay wonderland.” When the clock strikes 9PM, customers looking for great deals can start shopping at the hundreds of stalls selling various products like clothing, jewelry, and digital accessories. After a night of shopping, head to the food stalls selling Pinoy street foods like kwek-kwek, barbecue, and calamares.

Location: Harrison Road, Baguio City
Operating Hours: 9PM to 2AM, Daily

Visit the Baguio Cathedral

Baguio City Cathedral
Baguio City Cathedral

Launched in 1936, Baguio Cathedral, officially named Our Lady of Atonement Cathedral, is dedicated to the Lady of Atonement, famed for its neo-Gothic style and rose-colored appearance. The landmark has survived several disasters, like the 1990 earthquake, and has served as an evacuation center during World War II.

Location: Our Lady of Atonement Cathedral, Session Road, Baguio City

Visit Baguio Lourdes Grotto

Baguio Lourdes Grotto
Baguio Lourdes Grotto

The Baguio Lourdes Grotto is another Catholic shrine and place of meditation in Baguio City. It is located on a high hill in the western part of the city, where the Lady of Lourdes’ image will be found.

The grotto is a favorite pilgrimage site destination during Holy Week, especially during Holy Thursday and Good Friday. You can reach the Lady of Lourdes’ image by hiking up 252 steps or driving a light vehicle through a narrow, asphalt-paved road.

Location: Dominican-Mirador Hill, Baguio City

Entrance Rates: FREE

Visit the Bell Church of Baguio City

Baguio City Bell Church
Baguio City Bell Church

The Bell Church of Baguio City serves as the center of cultural and religious activities of Baguio City’s Filipino-Chinese community. Situated between the borders of Baguio City and La Trinidad, Benguet, the Bell Church is heavily influenced by Taoist architecture, symbolizing rebirth and immortality, with towering pagodas, lotus ponds, and lion statues around the temple.

The Bell Church was founded in 1960 by Chinese immigrants, attracting tourists and visitors to its quiet atmosphere and scenic courtyard reminiscent of ancient Chinese architecture.

Location: FA 347 Bell Church Road, La Trinidad, Benguet
Operating Hours: 6AM to 5PM, Daily; Closed between 12PM to 1:30PM
Entrance Rates: PHP20 per head; PHP20 for parking

Eat, Eat and Eat

Lunch at Good Taste Restaurant in Baguio
Lunch at Good Taste Restaurant in Baguio

Baguio is also known as a Food Haven. Many new restaurants are getting more positive reviews from tourists, like the Ketchup Republic, Chef’s Home, and  Oh my Gulay. Other popular restaurants include Cafe by the Ruins, Viscos Pizza, Tamawan Village Restaurant, and Star Cafe.

Stopover at StoBoSa Hillside Homes Artwork

Houses in Barangay Balili in La Trinidad, Benguet were turned into a colorful mural. Photo courtesy of Department of Tourism - CAR
Houses in Barangay Balili in La Trinidad, Benguet, were turned into colorful murals. Photo courtesy of Department of Tourism – CAR

The Colors of StoBoSa, officially named StoBoSa Hillside Homes Artwork, was the collaborative work of DOT-CAR and the Tam-Awan Village, encompassing 200 houses in Sitio Stonehill; Sitio Botiwtiw, and Sitio Sadjap, hence the name “StoBoSa.”

The extensive mural has become a popular attraction where tourists can cross a hanging bridge to the sitios to get a colorful selfie backdrop.

Location: Barangay Balili, La Trinidad, Benguet
Operating Hours: 24/7
Entrance Rates: FREE

Appreciate Art at BenCab Museum

Museums and Art Galleries in Baguio City
Museums and Art Galleries in Baguio City

The BenCab Museum houses several collections of Philippine National Artist for Visual Arts, Benedicto Reyes Cabrera, and works by distinguished and emerging contemporary artists. The museum promotes the arts, environmental conservation, and cultural preservation of the Cordillera’s heritage.

Some of the museum’s top attractions – BenCab Gallery, Cordillera Gallery, Bulol Installation – can be found on Level 2, but outside is a mini forest, aviary, and organic farm that shouldn’t be missed.

Location: 91KM #6 Asin Road, Tadiangan, Tuba, Benguet
Operating Hours: 9AM to 6PM, Tuesdays to Sundays (last entry at 5:30PM)
Entrance Rates: PHP150 General Admission; PHP120 Students; PHP100 Senior Citizens, PWDs

Strawberry Picking in La Trinidad

Strawberry-picking La Trinidad
Strawberry-picking La Trinidad

A quintessential Baguio experience, strawberry picking at the La Trinidad Strawberry Farms is a popular tourist activity. The idyllic farm is thirty minutes from the city proper, located at the Strawberry Capital of the Philippines, La Trinidad, Benguet.

The best time to visit for strawberry picking is from March to April. The farm also has several stalls selling fresh flowers, vegetables, strawberry taho, and ice cream.

Location: Barangay Betag, La Trinidad, Benguet
Operating Hours: 7AM to 7PM, Daily
Entrance Rates: FREE
Strawberry Picking Group Experience: PHP600; PHP360/kilo of small strawberries; PHP400/kilo of large strawberries

Visit the Japanese Tunnel

Japanese Tunnel Walk in Baguio Botanical Park
Japanese Tunnel Walk in Baguio Botanical Park

Inside the Baguio Botanical Garden lies the main entrance of the historic Japanese tunnel, a man-made tunnel built by the Imperial Japanese Army during World War II, targeting Baguio City upon finding the heavy American presence in the city.

The Japanese Tunnel Walk, funded by Baguio City’s Filipino-Japanese community, was added, making the Tunnel wider and safer with cave lights. Those bold enough to traverse the narrow tunnel are cautioned to explore past 6PM when the cave lights are off.

Location: 37 Leonard Wood Road, Baguio City
Operating Hours: 6AM to 6PM, Daily
Entrance Rates: FREE

SM City Baguio

The SM City Baguio is the first SM Supermall to operate without an air-conditioning system, other than the SM Mall of Asia, which uses natural lighting and doesn’t have air-conditioning in the common areas. The mall sits atop Luneta Hill, on the former The Pines Hotel, which burned down in 1984.

Location: Luneta Hill, Upper Session Road, Baguio City

Operating Hours: 4PM to 12AM, Mondays to Thursday; 10AM to 10PM, Fridays to Sundays

Baguio Public Market

Shopping at the Baguio Public Market
Shopping at the Baguio Public Market

The Baguio City Public Market was established in 1913 by the American colonial government and serves as the city’s main trading zone, influencing the growth of Benguet’s vegetable industry and at the forefront of the tight-knit community of indigenous residents and Baguio migrants.

An array of goods is sold in the market, like roasted arabica coffee beans, strawberry and ube jams, longganisa, and the iconic walis Tambo, and fresh fruits and vegetables supplied to the lowland regions of Luzon.

Location: Magsaysay Avenue, Baguio City

Operating Hours: 4AM to 7PM, Daily

Mines View Park

Mines View Park
Mines View Park

Mines View Park is a popular tourist attraction with an observation deck that overlooks the former gold and copper mines of Itogon town. The park has several stalls selling souvenir items like knitted garments, silverworks, and plants like succulents and bonsai trees.

Mines View Park is best visited in the early morning when it is still deserted and is a great spot to watch the sunrise.

Location: Mines View Park, Gibraltar Road, Baguio City
Operating Hours: 6AM to 8PM, Daily
Entrance Rates: PHP10 Adults; PHP5 Children

Visit The Mansion

The Mansion Baguio City by Kylesy20 via Wikimedia cc
The Mansion Baguio City By Kylesy20 – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, cc

The Mansion was built in 1908 to serve as the official summer residence of the U.S. Governors-General during the American occupation. In 2009, The Mansion was declared a National Historic Landmark.

When the main gates open, tourists can enter the compound’s front lawn and take photos of the landmark. Today, The Mansion serves as the official summer residence of the Philippines President.

Location: The Mansion, Baguio-Bua-Itogon Road, Baguio City

Entrance Rates: FREE

Baguio Botanical Garden

Baguio Botanical Garden by Ranieljosecastaneda via Wikimedia cc
Baguio Botanical Garden By Ranieljosecastaneda – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, cc

Baguio Botanical Garden, renamed Centennial Park in celebration of Baguio’s centenary as the “Summer Capital of the Philippines,” is renowned for its lush verdure, towering pine trees that protect the greenhouses and nurseries for propagation, and Friendship Gardens honoring Baguio’s relationship with other countries like Japan and the U.S.

Location: 37 Leonard Wood Road, Baguio City
Operating Hours: 6AM to 6PM, Daily
Entrance Rates: PHP10 Adults; PHP5 Children

The Diplomat Hotel

The Diplomat Hotel by patrickroque01 via Wikimedia cc
The Diplomat Hotel By patrickroque01 – Taken using my own camera, CC BY-SA 4.0, cc

Formerly the Dominican Hill Retreat House, the building first served as a retreat house for friars in 1913 before it was converted into the Diplomat Hotel in the 1970s. The haunted ruins of the Diplomat Hotel are one of the most haunted places in the Philippines, attracting visitors hoping to witness paranormal activities and others wanting to learn about its rich history.

Renamed Heritage Hill and Nature Park Garden, the attraction is temporarily off-limits and currently rehabilitated, although the outdoor areas remain open to visitors.

Location: Dominican Hill, Diplomat Road, Baguio City
Operating Hours: 7AM to 5PM, Daily
Entrance Rates: FREE

Visit the Igorot Stone Kingdom

Igorot Stone Kingdom
Igorot Stone Kingdom

One of Baguio’s newest attractions, Igorot Stone Kingdom, opened to the public last 2021. Featuring a stone wall similar to Batad Rice Terraces that showcase the rock-laying skills of the Igorot, a modern-day castle made of hollow blocks and cement, an Igorot Gold Mine, the Temple of Kabunyan, the Tower of Gatan, the Fertility Stone Tower, the Wishing Well and many more.  The park displays traditional and modern Igorot skills, culture, and values of the family and pays homage to the owner’s mother, Rita Velasco.

Location: #86 Long-Long Road, Pinsao Proper, Baguio City
Operating Hours: 6AM to 6PM, Daily
Entrance Rates: PHP100 for Adults; PHP80 for Children between 4 and 12 years, Senior Citizens, PWDs; FREE of charge for children 3 years and below

Baguio City is a year-round destination, with most visitors coming from Metro Manila to relish the city’s cool temperature. On top of that, many Filipinos come to Baguio for vacation during the Holy Week and to see the annual Panagbenga Festival, a flower festival held every February to celebrate the bountiful flower harvests of Baguio.

How to Get There

To get to Baguio, head to any major bus terminals around Metro Manila and choose from the popular bus lines like Genesis Transport, Victory Liner, Partas, Philippine Rabbit Bus Lines, and Solid North Transit.

To get around Baguio, jeepneys have designated stops near tourist attractions. Taxis can be found along major roads, and TNVS vehicles can be booked via car booking apps like Grab.

Do you have any other activities you want us to include in the list of Best Things to do in Baguio City? Please feel free to share it in the comment section below:)

Baguio City Travel and Tour Packages

To help you plan your visit to Baguio, we listed places and other unique activities in Baguio City. We also listed some of the best travel deals, tour packages, excellent flights, and accommodations.

Searching for the best hotels, resorts, and affordable flights in the nearby Cities? Check out our list of cheap Baguio City hotels and resorts via Agoda, or you may also see available Airbnb properties in the city.

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Written by Melo Villareal

Melo Villareal is the Online Publisher of Outoftownblog.com. He is an Accountant by profession who left the corporate world at the age of 23 to explore his beautiful country and the rest of the world. Today, Melo works as a part-time Social Media Manager for local and international clients. His full-time work focuses on discovering interesting culture, explore different cuisines and take memorable photos from local and international destinations he's visiting.

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