12 Most Recommended Places to visit in BAGUIO CITY

After many years of not having been to Baguio, I finally had
 chance to revisit the Summer Capital. I was really excited to see Baguio City knowing that the Tarlac–Pangasinan–La Union Expressway (TPLEX) had just opened recently which makes traveling to the north faster than the usual. 

Due to my excitement, I also asked my Facebook friends regarding the places that are worth visiting in Baguio aside from the normal places people visit. The comments and suggestions were so overwhelming that I wrote down each one of them and made a tally as who among these places had the highest number of votes. 

Here are the 12 Most Recommended places to visit in the Summer Capital Baguio City. While en route to other destinations, I also included other things which I thought were well worth it. 


Coming from the TPLEX Road, signages were very visible on the road leading you to Baguio City. One of famous roads or access going to Baguio is the Kennon Road. Formally known as Benguet Road, This connects Baguio to La Union. 

But what I like about driving along Kennon Road was the scenery. It is also advisable to check your brakes as you drive along the zig zag path of Kennon Road. My advice is to take a slow drive up, and look around at the beautiful mountains of Benguet surrounding you.

If you are lucky, you may even find waterfalls like this along Kennon Road. 

Crossing over these steel bridges and looking over at the rivers and
 mountains were just breath-taking. 

One of the famous landmark in Baguio City can be found along the Kennon Road. The Lion's Head is one of the most visited place along Kennon Road due to its size. There were also stalls selling souvenir items worth checking out. You can stop and take pictures but expect photobombers in the background as it tends to be forever busy. 


To get a panoramic view of the mountains of Benguet, Kennon Road 
View Point is the place to be!  You can also see the other parts of Kennon Road from the balcony and the beautiful view of the mountains from this point. 

From a hot humid climate to the fresh and cool breeze of the Baguio City
 which can also be felt at this point. 


30 Minutes away from Baguio City, lies a hidden gem of different art pieces and tribal collections by our National Artist Benedicto Cabrera (BenCab). The journey to the museum normally takes 15 minutes but due to the road works going on, it took us almost an hour to get there. But despite the hassle in traveling, what we found was true love for the art of the Filipinos. 

Located on a hillside of Asim Road, you also get to see a panoramic view of the mountain surrounding the museum. I couldn't think of any other place to have a museum better than this. It was worth visiting the Bencab Museum. 

The museum is always covered by this refreshing mist. 

The museum has 10 galleries from Cordillera, Maestro, 
Philippine Contemporary Arts, and many more.

The beautifully landscaped garden outside the Bencab Museum. 

Another nice place to relax was the gazebo in the middle of this pond.

Bencab Museum also has  CAFE SABEL. A restaurant which offers fresh produce
 from their farm and something to satisfy everyone's palate. A great place to indulge your taste buds after your tour. 

The Erotica Gallery is one of the interesting galleries in the museum. I would advise
 the kids not to enter this gallery. This is highly advisable for adults though! 

Since we were staying at The Manor inside Club John Hay, it was interesting to find something unique to the Philippines, the Cemetery of Negativism . 

This is not literally a cemetery of the dead but this was built by the American soldiers who decided to bury  all their negative emotions here. 

A walk here is not that long, so let's move on to the next attraction which was only a few meters away from here. 


Once a vacation house of the Commanding General of the Philippines, Gen. John Franklin Bell during the early 1900's. This house has now become one of the attractions you will find inside Camp John Hay. 

Another beautiful place to relax next to the Bell House Museum was the Amphitheater.  It was just nice to sit and relax while surrounded by these beautiful pine trees. 

Another activity you can do close to the Bell House is the Tree Top Adventure where you can experience the breathtaking view 100 feet above the ground. That is something new and very cool to do with friends and families.


Tam-Awan is a place that will take you back in time to how the Ifugao people used to live. It also displays the indigenous and exquisite Ifugao craftmanship that you can only find in the Cordilleras. Founded in 1998, this has been one of the most visited tourist spots in Baguio. 

I highly advise coming here early morning as it can get very  hectic during the day. 

The rates are not that bad at all knowing all the features and 
activities you can do in the village. 

The village also provides accommodation where you may stay in an authentic Ifugao huts. 
Now that's really cool!

Aside from walking tour, they also have cultural shows and local art galleries.

A cafe is also available inside the village and souvenir items at a very affordable price. 

How to get to Tam-Awan Village:

BY JEEP: Quezon Hill - Tam-Awan Jeep or Long Long via 
Tam-Awan Jeep from Kayang Street, Baguio City Market

BY TAXI: Give directions for Tam-Awan, Pinsao Proper


Right across the Tam-Awan Village, I heard loud old music being played and it was coming from an interesting looking building across the road. I told my friend that I want to check out that gallery after the tour of Tam-Awan Village since I found it very interesting. When we got to the place, what we found was beautiful sculptures made by a very famous and a very respected  artist, Mr. Ben-Hur G. Villanueva. 

As we entered we saw him working on a project that looked so beautiful even though it's not done yet. Picture taking is not allowed inside the gallery. 

How I wish we could have a chance to speak to him or at least even shake his hands. 
While inside, my friend and I were raving about some of the sculptures inside the gallery and a woman came out to ask if we need some assistance. 

We started to ask for some of the prices of the sculptures and also asked about general stuff about their art pieces. We did not know that she was the wife of Mr. Ben-Hur! We were ecstatic specially when she introduced us to her husband. 

We have so many talents here in the Philippines and this is just one of the many reasons why I am so proud of being a Filipino. 

He even showed us his other work place where his son was currently 
working on another sculptural masterpiece. 

Mr. Benhur worked as an educator in Ateneo De Manila for 30 years before retiring and settling down in Baguio City.  Some of his famous creations were the THY WILL BE DONE located in Calaruega Church in Nasugbu, Batangas, ANG SUPREMO at Bonifacio Global City, and many more!

Talking to him was very inspiring. A true example of a Filipino Talent that is world class!

This is a place not to be missed! Check out his gallery and get a chance to talk to
 Mr. Ben-Hur himself! That's priceless! 

This park is one of the favorite tourist destinations in Baguio because of it's beautifully landscaped garden. Create post card type of photographs along the body of water known as the "Pool of Pines" .

Tall pine trees surround Wright Park and create a relaxing and peaceful ambiance. 

It's nice to just walk around and feel the pleasant cool breeze. Another activity you can also do is to ride a pony which is only a few meters away from this park. Very popular with the children but it can get very busy. 

Once you reach the end of the pond, walk to the middle 
and take a picture! 

Across Wright Park, you will find the official summer residence of the President of the Philippines. Entering the house is prohibited so basically you just take a picture outside the house or at the gate. 

Because it's so close to so many tourist spots, visitors also grabbed the opportunity to walk through The Mansion gates to take some pictures. 

When you talk about Baguio or plan a visit to the Summer Capital, Mines View Park is on everybody's itinerary! Get to see a panoramic view of Benguet's gold and copper mines and the mountains around it which makes it very popular. 

If you are thinking of buying pasalubong or gift items to take home, you definitely will find it here at Mines View Park.

The park changed a lot from the last time I was here. I like the S shaped pathway leading you to the observation deck but expect your visit to be always crowded. 

You can buy shirts, plants, herbs, hats, wood carvings, and basically almost everything. 

The observation deck. 

With the beautiful view of the mountains, no matter how crowded it is, it's worth the visit!


Not Far from Mines View Park is a place to which every visitor flocks to buy pasalubong or something to take back home that you can only find at Good Shepherd. 

This convent is very popular among the visitors for their fruit preserves, strawberries, honey, fruit jams and their most famous UBE JAM for Php 160.00!! They have more products but people go crazy for UBE JAM or Purple Yam Jam. 

Due to the high demand of Ube Jam, each visitor was only allowed to buy two at a time. All the products sold are used for different charities sponsored by the Good Shepherd nuns and also to help maintain their convent in good condition. 

They also have their own viewing deck. 

We love honey and this one is a certified pure honey!

Come early to Good Shepherd to avoid the long queue. Also write down what you want to 
buy before hand to avoid long delays. 

Benguet is also famous for their coffees. It is worth buying some and if you want to spend a little on coffee, you must try the Civet Coffee. Civet coffee is considered as one of the most expensive coffees in the world. 

People know that fresh vegetables come from Baguio. That is the reason why going home we stopped at some stalls along Kennon Road and bought some vegetables. 

They were very cheap and looked very fresh! Something you shouldn't miss before you leave
 beautiful Baguio. 

So there you are! My 12 most recommended places in Baguio city.
 I do hope that this helps you plan your itinerary when you visit Baguio. 


  1. Great article! Thanks a lot!

  2. Nice of you to post these beautiful places in Baguio. Never been there, but I think, maybe someday.

    1. It's been a while since I've been to Baguio and this trip I did made me want to visit again soon ! In a few months I hope. Thanks Fernando!

  3. I'm looking forward to visit Baguio. I heard it's really cold there now and I'd love that. Thanks for the recommendation btw.

    1. You are very much welcome Alissa! Baguio is the closest we can get to Winter in the Philippines. :)

  4. It's always so magic up on the hills, away from the bustling city. All your photographs are so beautiful! Feeling going there right now.

    1. You are so right! I never thought Im going to have so much fun in Baguio. Its really worth the trip!

  5. I had never heard of this place but so glad I know about it now. The road up there is just magical ! The cemetery of negativity is such an interesting place.

    1. The roadtrip was really fun and interesting. It was nice to drive all the way up as we can take a slow drive and get to enjoy the beautiful scenery.

  6. I don't even remember how Baguio looks anymore since I haven't visited since I was a little kid. Anywho, these places seem like such great spots to check out! :D

    1. I was the same. The last time I saw it was 5 years ago and im sure many things changed already. There are places where there's too much crowd but there are also places where there is less. Still worth visiting again! ;)

  7. I love the the Bell House Museum and the Tam-awan Village... Definitely places I can just stay there and wander around for a long time...

    1. It was my first time to visit these places and i found the place really relaxing! Also a great spot for photography! :)

  8. I've been back and forth Bagiuo growing up but embarrassingly, i've never had a decent tour of the place. I'm bookmarking this so that i can refer to this when we take the family up there. :)

    1. Most people go to the crowded places.. But there are actually so much to see outside the bustling city of Baguio. Thank you so much for referring this to your family! :)

  9. There are still places in Baguio that I have yet to see. I hope I get the chance to go around the next time I go to the City of Pines. I've been wanting to go to the Bencab Museum.

    1. Thank you so much! Bencab really is worth the travel. Though far from the city and also with some road maintenance going on there, still its one amazing place to visit in Baguio.

  10. I love Baguio City but the traffic can sometimes get to you! I like staying in a hotel near Mines View or John Hay, away from the city. I have not been to BenCab nor Tamawan Village, but since my kids are now bigger, maybe we should now.

    1. You are right about the traffic. That's why we are avoiding the city as much as we could. We also traveled very early to the city to avoid the traffic. Staying in Camp John Hay really was a great decision we made. I am missing the pine trees inside camp john hay!

  11. I've been to all these places since Baguio is my hometown. Some of the places I only able to visit when touring my friends in Manila. When I'm there, I usually I'm in the trails of Baguio which can really take you to a lot of views.

    1. Hi Sir Franc, you need to show me the trails around Baguio. :) I would to explore the trails in Baguio. I bet it's going to awesome!

  12. My mom have always wanted to go to Baguio but I always bring her plans down because I'm too afraid of the drive there because of the bus/car accidents I see in news. But looking at your photos and reading through kind of made me excited to see Baguio for myself. Thanks for sharing the places to visit so we no longer need a tour guide whatsoever. I'll note this places down. Thanks for being a virtual tour guide! Hehe

    1. Just take it easy driving up to Baguio. We basically relied on GPS on our phones to go to these places and its pretty accurate. Make sure you visit Baguio in 2015.. You will love this place! Oh and stay at The Manor ok. hehe ;)

  13. I really wish that I am lucky enough to see the waterfalls on Kennon Road some day

    1. I know, we were also surprised when I saw the waterfalls. They are so pretty to watch and drive on it. ;)

  14. All my Baguio memories are coming back to me now. Makes me want to revisit Baguio. Been there couple of times, on some instance I am alone, and sometimes, I am with a group. But it's been three years now that I haven't been there again. Hmmm, I should plan a visit one of these days. You reminded me of Baguio... Ahhhh the memories... This is one great place!

    1. I never thought i'm going to enjoy Baguio this way. There's so much to see in Baguio aside from SM Mall. You definitely should visit again soon. Chilly weather will soon come and im sure it will be freezing in Baguio. :)

  15. Wow this is somewhere I have never been. It is fantastic to see a little of a new country.

    1. Yes Hannah Green, Baguio is the summer capital of the Philippines because of its fresh and cool weather of the place. You must visit our country Philippines soon.

  16. This post was a feast for the eyes! Your photography is amazing and the subject, quite impressive. One could easily visit only one of these places and have a wonderful time.

    1. Oh thank you so much for the kind words Suzanne! I also wanted the picture to speak to the readers to come and check what Baguio City has to offer! :)

  17. I lived in Baguio for almost three months, but I bet you had explored more spots than I did!! Darn, I wish I was a little more adventurous back then.

    1. Hahahaha I really made a list of places to go. We were up like very early and came back home late afternoon. Pretty exhausting yet worth experience! hehe

  18. What an amazing place Baguio is! I am definitely bookmarking your post so I will remember to refer back to it when I travel there. Your pictures are fantastic too. You did an awesome job.

    1. THank you so much Eliz! Baguio is really special and it's only here where you can get a nice chill weather in the Philippines. ;)

  19. I don't really know where Baguio is and no idea how this place looks like until I read your post.. Looks great and perhaps gonna plan a trip there in future..

    1. That would be awesome Kylie! This is 6 hours away by bus from Manila.. It's worth visiting! :)

  20. Nice pic. Thanks for sharing such lovely write up.:D

  21. Where is the Organic Products arts and crafts store located or near to? Tia

    1. The organic products are located along the Marcos highway. There are so many along the way


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