People who enjoy a warm, tropical climate, and friendly and hospitable people will enjoy the Philippines. The Philippines is an archipelago with 7,107 islands situated at the south eastern part of Asia.
Three major island groups, Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao, comprise the Philippines archipelago. Each of the three islands boat of travel destination spots worth visiting. Tourists are sure to find their perfect vacation spot in the Philippines, whether they fancy water sports or simply lounging on the beach, trekking and hiking or simply enjoying the views. One need not to go far or spend much to enjoy what the Philippines has to offer.
Local flights can take tourists to key cities and destinations in the Philippines. For those who prefer land or sea travel, other transport options are also available. A few hours north of Manila, travelers can visit a number of cities and towns that offer a wide array of interesting places.
A five-hour drive through the plains and mountains of Luzon will welcome tourists to one of the more popular northern tourist destinations, Baguio City. Also known as the summer capital, Baguio boasts of its cool weather ranging anywhere from 8 to 23 Celsius all year round.
Its temperate weather together with a number of interesting to-visit spots makes Baguio City a favorite northern tourist destination. This is true for both local and foreign tourists especially during the hot summer months from March until May.
Some of Baguio’s places of interest include the Baguio Cathedral, a majestic church build on top of a hill overlooking the entire city’s business district; just below it is Session Road, the city’s colorful main avenue with a number of business establishments and restaurants. Burnham Park, another popular tourist attraction, boasts of tree-lined streets, a man-made lake and a children’s playground that even adults can enjoy. The former military recreational park, Camp John Hay, is another place that tourists go to. Wright Park, Mines View Park, the Botanical Garden, among others, are also some places that travelers visit while in Baguio.
Further up north, tourists who enjoy the mountains will also find the Banaue Rice Terraces enjoyable. This popular northern destination was carved out of the hillside by the local people more than a thousand years ago using their bare hands and primitive tools. The Banaue Rice Terraces was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995. Its natural grandeur and splendor also makes it one of the Wonders of the World.
Those who enjoy a more laid back atmosphere that sand and shore offer will enjoy another popular northern tourist destination not far from Baguio. The pristine shore line of La Union, situated only an hour and a half from Baguio, is definitely a must for travelers. The coast line boasts of clean beaches, fresh catch from the sea, beachfront hotels and cabanas, and very friendly people. This particular northern tourist destination also offers a number of water activities such as surfing, scuba diving, snorkeling and the like.
The Philippines’ northern tourist destinations have a number of interesting points that travelers may find interesting. Aside from the sights that the views have to offer, tourists will also bask in the hospitality that the Filipinos are known for the world over. Aside from all these, travelers are also sure to enjoy the rich culture that the Philippines has to offer.