TOP 28 BAGUIO TOURIST SPOT: Beautiful Places and City Destinations

What are the must-visit Baguio tourist spots for a fun-filled and meaningful travel experience? Find out in this comprehensive travel guide. We also included the best things to do and the off-beaten places to visit.

Baguio City is touted as the “Summer Capital of the Philippines.” That tagline speaks of its high-altitude location which gives it a cool and refreshing atmosphere. Tourists love coming here especially during summer to escape the simmering lowland heat.

But there is more to that! Baguio City is home to a variety of natural, historical, and cultural tourist spots that will surely gratify your quest for thrill, fun, learning, and adventure. You’ve got them all here!

I spent much of my years in Baguio City and though much has changed, it is still that city of wondrous surprises. Whenever I tour around, I discover and learn something new.

As a local, I feel a bit sad about the rapid changes taking place. Yet, it is with passion that I advocate for ecotourism in the city to bolster community development while sustaining the natural environment and the rich culture of the people.

It’s my hope that ecotourism can create a new face for Baguio and revitalize its core as being a cultural hub and a rustic escape. We hope to see more forests growing and more environmental activities going.

Without further ado, here are the must-see tourist destinations in Baguio you should not miss. As you visit these, may you be a part of their sustainable management. By the way, I also added tourist spots/destinations near Baguio City which you can include in your itinerary.

Here we go.

Behold Baguio City Tourist Spots

1. Burnham Park

Burnham Park is one of the top Baguio tourist spot

Burnham Park is one of the top Baguio tourist spots. Located in the heart of the city, Burnham Park offers various recreational activities such as boating, biking, jogging, sightseeing, and even common sports like volleyball.

Here, you’ll find ornamental gardens showcasing bonsai plants, sunflowers, and colorful roses. There is also a playground for kids and an inside showcase called Ibaloi Park where you can learn about the local culture. It’s one of the best places to go to Baguio if you’re with your family.

Strolling on Burnham Park is one of the things to do in Baguio for free!

  • Location/Jump-off: Jose Abad Santos Dr., 2600 Benguet
  • Entrance Fee: None
  • Other Fees:
    • Boat Rental – Php 100 per boat for 30 minutes – 5 persons; Php 150 per boat for 30 mins – 6 to 8 persons (add Php 50 if a rower is needed)
    • Bike Rental – Php 40 per hour each for BMX, Mt. Bike, and Go Cart; Php 50 for Side-car
  • Operating Time: Every day for 24 hours
  • Tip: Arriver early since the place can get easily overcrowded during weekends and holidays.
  • Contact Number: 09214914865

2. Botanical Garden/ Centennial Park

If you’re into the more rustic Baguio tourist spot, check out the Botanical Garden, also called Centennial Park. Personally, this is one of my favorites because you could really feel the natural ambiance.

I bet this must have been how Burnham Park looked like before overdevelopment crept in. You’re like bathing in the forest if you come here.

Aside from the towering pine trees, you’ll glimpse of flower gardens, beautiful ponds, stone paths, traditional houses, and freshwater springs. Then, there is a man-made cave that served as a Japanese hideout and garrison during World War II.

  • Location/Jump-off: 37 Leonard Wood Rd. 2602 Baguio
  • Entrance Fee: Php 20 person
  • Operating Time: 6 AM to 6 PM
  • Tip: I know people will hate me for this. But please don’t take photos with the locals in traditional attires. I am an Igorot and our Culture is not for sale!

READ: Botanical Garden (UPDATED): Complete DIY Guide

3. Tam-awan Village

Tam-awan Village is one of the best cultural Baguio tourist spots. It showcases the indigenous houses of the different tribes of the Cordillera region particularly, Ifugao and Kalinga. I love this place because it helps revive the cultural integrity of the locals.

Unknown to many, indigenous peoples namely, the Ibaloi tribe, are the original inhabitants of Baguio City.

If you come here, you help promote the preservation of the local culture. Plus, you’ll learn a lot when you interact with the locals and observe how they create arts.

Some of the best Cordilleran artists work here and you can have one of them sketch your portrait. If you’re into nature, don’t worry, the pine forests here are so lush and refreshing. And you’ll get to see various colorful flowers.

Want to experience the best of Cordilleran culture? Then you should visit Tam-awan Village.

  • Location: 366-C, Pinsao Proper 2600 Baguio City
  • Entrance Fee: Php 50 (Adult); Php 30 (Senior Citizens and Students); Php 20 (12 years old and below)
  • Contact Number: (074) 446-2949; 09215883131; 09159488773
  • Email Address: tam-awanvillage.com

4. Mt. Sto. Tomas

Mt Sto Tomas is one of the best-known hiking Baguio tourist spot. From here, you’ll catch a breathtaking view of the towering mountains of the Cordillera Region and the lowland plains of Ilocos Region and Central Luzon.

It’s best to come here during the early morning or late afternoon to gaze on spectacular sunrise and sunset views. Beautiful mossy forests used to cover the mountain but only a few patches remain.

  • Location: Tuba, Benguet
  • Jump-off: Green Valley, Brgy Dontogan, Baguio City
  • Trekking Time: 2 hours to the summit
  • Tip: You can actually ride a jeep from Green Valley all the way to the top. Jeep departs every 20-30 minutes. Fare is Php 13.

5. Camp John Hay

Camp John Hay is one of the most famous Baguio tourist spots. It also played a major historical role in its more than 100 years of existence. During World War II, it was the site of a major bombing.

Thankfully, many of the structures survived and these are now among the tourism come-ons here. It’s also one of the remaining pine-forest covered sites in Baguio. Some of the trees here are more than a hundred years old!

  • Location/Jump-off: Brgy Loakan, Baguio City
  • Entrance Fee: None except for some of the attractions here
  • Things to Do/See: Treetop Adventure, Yellow Trail Hike, Butterfly Sanctuary, Bell House and Amphiteatre, Cemetery of Negativism, Pine Forests, Flower Gardens, Family Picnic
  • How to Get There: Proceed first to the jeepney station near the Igorot Park and Burnham Park. Look for the jeep going to “Scout Barrio.” A jeep leaves once filled to capacity. Fare is Php 9 and travel time takes 10-15 minutes.
  • Tip: Best to come here early so you can explore all the sights and have a side trip to the PMA.

6. Panagbenga Park

Panagbenga Park is one of the most accessible Baguio tourist spots. There’s not much to see here though compared to the rest of the parks. Though it’s still a good alternative especially during peak holidays when other parks get crowded.

Here, you’ll find different kinds of flowers and plants including butterflies.

  • Location/Jump-off: between Loakan Road and South Drive
  • How to Get There: Ride any of the jeeps bound to Camp John Hay and PMA. Drop by the park. It has big signage on the front gate. If not, you can also ride a taxi cab.

7. Wrights Park

If you want to try riding horses, then you should come to Wrights Park. It’s just a walking distance from the Botanical Garden. I am not really fond though of how horses are being treated here.

Hopefully, the management will implement a more responsible practice to keep this livelihood running. Climb your way into a staircase and you’ll reach The Mansion. Wrights Park is one of the top tourist spots in Baguio.

  • Location/Jump-off: beside Rizal Elementary School Gibraltar Rd
  • Entrance Fee: None
  • Horseback Ride: Php 300/hour, Php 200/30 minutes
  • Igorot Costume Rental: Php 20

READ: Wright Park (Your Complete DIY Travel Guide)

8. The Mansion

If you’ve been watching old American movies, you’ll get that kind of Western feel when you see The Mansion. It’s similar to the White House in terms of Architecture but not as grand of course. The Americans built it and since then, it has become the summer residence of the Philippines’ President.

Interestingly, you can have a peek inside and tour a museum where you’ll find old art collections and memorabilia of previous presidents. It is one of the best places to visit in Baguio City.

  • Location/Jump-off: Lualhati Rd., Baguio City
  • Operating Time: 24 hours
  • Contact Number: 238 7793

READ: The Mansion (UPDATED): Your Complete DIY Travel Guide

9. Baguio Cathedral

One of the historic places to visit in Baguio is the Baguio Cathedral, known for its Gothic-inspired architecture with its distinct towering spires. It was built by Belgian missionaries during the American regime.

During World War II, thousands hid in the Cathedral to escape the carpet bombing. The surrounding landscape served as a burial ground for thousands who died.

  • Location: It’s just a walking distance from Burnham Park, Session Road, and SM Baguio.
  • Bonus: There are souvenir shops near the Cathedral. Near it is a good viewing point where you can have an eagle’s eye view of Baguio City.

READ: Cathedral (DIY Guide): How to Get There + Mass Schedule

10. Baguio City Public Market

If you want to have a feel of the grand bazaar found in Turkey and other Middle Eastern countries, visit Baguio City Public Market. You can find all sorts of goods here including international brands and especially local produce.

My favorite here is the section where you can buy different kinds of fresh vegetables such as cabbage, lettuce, onion, and many more! Then there’s a long line of souvenir stall selling almost everything that Baguio is known for. Don’t miss out on buying fresh strawberries here.

  • Location/Jump-off: 38 Rajah Soliman, Baguio City
  • Operating Time: 5 AM to 7 PM
  • Tip: You can bargain here if you want. Bring your own eco-bag to help lessen the garbage issue of Baguio City.

READ: Public Market (UPDATED): Your Best Stop for Souvenir

11. Bell House

If you’d like to experience Chinese culture in the highlands, check out the Bell House, just a few meters away from Stobosa Park. It is one of the top tourist spots in Baguio, sitting on the foot of a mountain.

Here, you’ll find Buddhist temples and Chinese-inspired landscapes. Whether you’re a Buddhist or not, this place is a perfect place for meditation or reflection.

  • Location/Jump-off: FA 347 Bell Church Road
  • Entrance Fee: None
  • Operating Time: 7 AM to 5 PM
  • Contact Number: 09173554788
  • Website: cityofpines.com/bellchurch.html
  • Tip: This is a sacred place so save romance when you’re out of here.

12. Bencab Museum

Bencab Museum is named after National Artists Ben Cabrera who lives in Baguio City. It showcases his jaw-dropping paintings, sculptures, and installations. If you’re an art savvy, this is the place to go! Who knows?

You’ll be lucky if you chance on Mr. Ben and have a meaningful conversation with him. Aside from Mr. Ben’s creatives, the museum also houses a garden, a memorabilia shop, and traditional houses showcasing the indigenous architecture of Bontoc, Kalinga, and Ifugao.

Hungry? Find yourself at Café Sabel and try out their exquisite cuisines and drinks.

  • Location/Jump-off: Km 6, Asin Road, Tadiangan, Tuba, Benguet
  • Entrance Fee:  General Admission – Php 120
    • Students with valid School ID – Php 100
    • Seniors/PWD with valid IDs – Php 80
  • Operating Time: Tuesday to Sunday (9:00 AM to 6:00 PM), Closed on Mondays, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day
  • Extra Sights to See: BenCab Gallery, Erotica Gallery, Bulol Installation
  • Contact Number: (+6374) 442 7165)
  • Email Address: bencabartfoundation@gmail.com

13. Lions Head Baguio

The Lions Head is one of the historical Baguio tourist spots. Located along the scenic Kennon Road, the Lion’s Head will surely make you wonder how the locals built such a huge statue. Kennon Road itself is one of the top Baguio City tourist spots.

  • Location/Jump-off: Kennon Road, Baguio City
  • Entrance Fee: None
  • Tip: You can side trip to neighboring Hydro Falls, part of Tuba. Trekking time takes an hour from Lion’s Head.
  • How to Get There: Ride any of the jeeps bound to Tuba. The station is alongside Center Mall.

READ: Lions Head (UPDATED DIY GUIDE): How to Go, What to Expect

14. Baguio Museum

If you want to immerse yourself with the local culture, visit the Baguio Museum, just a few minutes of walk from Burnham Park. It showcases old pictures, artifacts, and materials depicting the rich culture of the different Cordilleran tribes. There are also dioramas to give you a better picture of the local communities.

  • Location/Jump-off: Baguio Tourism Complex, Governor Pack Road, Baguio City
  • Entrance Fee: Php 40 per person
  • Operating Time: Tuesday to Sunday ( 9 AM to 5 PM)
  • Tip: It’s just a walking distance from SM Baguio and Burnham Park

15. Good Shepherd Baguio

Good Shepherd is your ultimate getaway to buy the best locally-made souvenir items in Baguio City. It is famous for its Shepherd Ube Jam that is priced for its distinct flavor.

Other options to buy here are Strawberry Jam, Peanut Brittle, baked goodies, and locally-processed fruit juice. If you buy here, you’re actually helping the schooling of the student volunteers here.

  • Location/Jump-off: Gibraltar Road, Baguio City
  • Entrance Fee: None
  • Contact Number: 424 2496
  • Facebook Page: @goodshepherdbaguio

16. Diplomat Hotel Baguio

Diplomat Hotel is considered one of the most haunted places not just in Baguio City but in the entire country. Several documentaries featured the place and its horror stories.

According to local stories, many Dominican priests, women, and children who sought refuge here during WWWII were massacred by the Japanese. It’s no wonder there are stories of headless apparitions happening here.

  • Location/Jump-off: Dominican Hill, Diplomat Road, Baguio City
  • Entrance Fee: None

17. Lourdes Grotto Baguio

Lourdes Grotto Baguio resembles the popular pilgrimage site in France. It is one of the most visited tourist spots in Baguio City. If you like to feel the thrill of going there, take the long staircase leading to the top.

While there, you catch a breathtaking view of Baguio City and its lush forests. There is also a chapel and a statue of Mother Mary.

  • Location/Jump-off: Dominican Hill Road, Baguio City
  • Entrance Fee: None
  • Tip: You can side a trip to Diplomat Hotel afterward.

18. Philippine Military Academy

The Philippine Military Academy is not just for elite soldiers. Tourists and visitors are allowed to come here to glimpse military parades or to enjoy the natural sceneries.

Lush pine forests thrive here. Oh, they have a helicopter and armored tanks where you can pose for a selfie. PMA also has a museum where you can learn about its history.

  • Entrance Fee: None
  • How to Get There: Ride any of the jeep bound straight to PMA. The station is near the Igorot Garden and Burnham Park. You can also ride a taxi cab.

19. Mt Cloud Bookshop

Sure, you can always buy the books you want at National Book Store. But if you want to learn from the local authors, check out Mt Cloud Bookshop. You can find books of different genres here plus it’s just a walking distance from SM Baguio.

The bookshop also hosts talks, workshops, and other mini activities to help you learn and appreciate art. If you’re a bookworm, this is your ultimate escape.

  • Location/Jump-off: Casa Vallejo Bldg., DPS Compound Access Road
  • Entrance Fee: None
  • Operating Time: 10:30 AM to 8 PM
  • Contact Number: (074) 424 4437
  • Website: mtcloudbookshop.com
  • Facebook Page: @mtcloud

20. Stobosa/ Valley of Colors

I’m not really a much of a fan of this because I keep seeing every day when I commute to work. But perhaps, for art enthusiasts or those seeking unusual attractions in Baguio City, this can be a hit.

Basically, you’ll see here houses painted with different colors to signify La Trinidad’s tourism tagline as the Valley of Colors.

There is a river below but honestly, it stinks. Anyways, there is a view deck where you can have Instagrammable selfies.

  • Location/Jump-off: KM 3, Halsema Highway, Brgy Balili, La Trinidad
  • Entrance Fee: None
  • Operating Time: 24 hours
  • Getting There: Ride any jeeps bound to Tomay, Camp Dangwa, Buyagan, or Pico. Don’t forget to tell the driver to drop you by Stobosa’s viewpoint. It is just along the highway. From Baguio City proper, riding a jeep or taxi to the jump-off takes around 10-15 minutes. Jeepney fare is 10 pesos while taxi fare is more or less Php 100.
  • Tip: Best to come here via commute since there are very limited parking spaces.

READ: Stobosa (Complete DIY Guide): How to Get There, What to See

21. Mines View Park

Mines View Park is one of the famous tourist spot in Baguio City

Mines View Park offers you an eagle’s eye view of the gold and copper small-scale mines of Baguio City and its neighboring municipalities. Although I’m not fond of mining, I do love seeing the lush mountains from here. The last time I came here, I saw thrash all over.

Hopefully, you’ll not be a part of that. If you may, clean up some litters you see along the way just as I do. But don’t worry. The sights here are amazing plus you’ll get to shoot stunning pictures with the limestone rock formations.

There are also local shops where you can buy locally-made souvenirs. Oh, don’t miss out on the famous Strawberry Taho sold here. Today, Mines View Park is one of the most frequented Baguio tourist destinations.

Today, Mines View Park is one of the most frequented tourist spots in Baguio City.

  • Location/Jump-off: Outlook Drive, Benguet
  • Operating Time: 5 AM to 8 PM
  • Contact Number: (6374) 424 1088
  • How to Get There: Ride a jeep bound straight to Mines View from lower Session Road. Fare is Php 10. Or, ride a taxi for more or less Php 100.
  • Tip: Best to come here during the early morning to catch sight of a spectacular sunrise.

READ: Mines View Park (DIY Guide) How to Get There, Sights, etc.

22. Baguio Night Market

Baguio City is becoming more and more popular as a thrift-shopping destination. If you want to try the best of it, check out Baguio Night Market.

Here, you can shop for classic rubber shoes, leather, denim, accessories, signature bags, and even kitchen wares. If you love bargaining, oh, you can also do that here. You can buy here the cheapest items but the quality is just as good as brand new items.

  • Location/Jump-off: Harrison Road, Baguio City
  • Operating Time: 9 PM to 2 AM
  • Tip: Expect a huge crowd here so best to come early. Beware of pickpockets.
  • Website: kasikornstore.com
  • Facebook Page: @baguionightmarket

READ: Night Market (GUIDE): Schedule, Location, DIY Tips

23. Camp John Hay’s Treetop Adventure

Want to have your best adventure yet in Baguio City? Try Camp John Hay’s Treetop Adventure! You’re like flying for 100 feet above the ground when you try the zip line. But don’t fret.

Let the spectacular views of the pine forests relieve you. Aside from the zip line, try the jungle trails, suspension bridges, and a motorized canopy tour.

  • Location/Jump-off: Loakan Road, Camp John Hay, Baguio City
  • Operating Time: 8 AM to 5 PM
  • Contact Number: 09327832137
  • Website: treetopadventureph.com
  • Facebook Page: @treetopadventureph

24. Good Taste

Good Taste is one of the top tourist spots in Baguio City

Good Taste is one of the restaurants you should not miss in Baguio City. They cheap meals that cost Php 120 but loaded with rice, chicken, egg, and vegetables. In fact, they serve satisfying meals that some tourists claim to be the best dining site in Baguio, especially for budget travelers.

  • Location/Jump-off: Legarda Road near Burnham Park &Dangwa Station at the back of Center Mall
  • Opening Time: 24 hours
  • Tip: Come here during the early morning or late afternoon since it is too crowded during lunchtime

READ: Good Taste (UPDATED): Menu, Delivery, How to Go

25. The Laperal White House

Want to chase ghosts in Baguio City? Check out the White House. Like the Mansion Baguio, the White House also showcases American architecture. It is one of the houses remaining after the carpet bombing which left Baguio City devastated during World War II.

The horror stories about the house revolve on a girl and her nanny who were both killed there.

  • Location/Jump-off: Leonard Road, Baguio City
  • Entrance Fee: Php 50 per person
  • How to Get There: Ride any of the jeeps bound to Pacdal, Mines View, Beckel, and Navy Base. Fare is Php 9. You can also ride a taxi for more or less Php 100.

26. Teacher’s Camp

Teacher’s Camp is one of the hidden tourist spots in Baguio City. It has been a teacher’s training center and venue for the past 100 years. It has a wide and spacious campus-like setting.

The towering pine trees and colorful flowers also make it a good site for wandering or nature immersion. You’ll find different buildings and structures here which are a century-year old!

  • Location/Jump-off: Leonard Wood, Baguio City
  • How to Get There: Ride any of the jeeps bound to Pacdal, Mines View, Beckel, and Navy Base. Fare is Php 9. You can also ride a taxi for more or less Php 100.

27. Session Road

Session Road is among the most visited tourist spots in Baguio City. It is just a walking distance from the bus stations and from some of Baguio City’s famous attractions like Burnham Park, Baguio Cathedral, and SM Baguio. Shopping malls and local shops, including high-end and fancy restaurants, line the road.

  • Best Time to Visit: Best to come here at nighttime to chance a concert.

For Your Information

If you need more information to help in setting up your itinerary to Baguio City tourist spots/destinations, do contact the City Tourism Office via the following:

  • Contact Number:  (074) 446 2009
  • Website: http://www.baguio.gov.ph

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