Touted as the Summer Capital of the Philippines, Baguio City is frequented by both locals and tourists during the hot summer months for its cool, almost temperate, climate. The city sits about 1,500 meters above sea level, high in the Cordillera mountain range in northern Luzon, the reason for its year-round cool weather. Baguio City was established by the Americans in 1909.
Baguio is also an educational center with four universities and several colleges and institutes in based in the city’s 49 square kilometer area.
One of the most popular attraction in Baguio City is the Burnham Park which features a rectangular lagoon and open fields. The eastern part of the city is dominated by high-class residential areas surrounding the Camp John Hay, a former American military recreation zone now turned into a tourist residential-commercial area.
Other interesting tourist spots include the Baguio City Cathedral, a majestic church built on top of a hill, and is seen from many parts of the city. On the right side of the cathedral is Session Road, the city's main avenue and center of business and commerce. Along the main street and side streets are numerous shops, restaurants, and billiard and duckpin bowling alleys. Session Road is also the place visited by foreign tourists who wish to enjoy the city's nightlife.
Mines View Park, located at the extreme northeast of Baguio City boasts a spectacular view of Benguet's gold and copper mines.
Camp John Hay, once a military recreational camp of the Americans during World War II is now a popular tourist destination for people who wish to see the pine forests in Baguio City. It also boasts of a sprawling country club with a full 18-hole golf course as well as many trendy restaurants and a posh hotel called The Manor.
Baguio is also known for would carvings crafted by local artists. Their works, which range from tiny figurine to huge statues, can be seen at the Itogon Wood Carver's Village.
Aside from being the Philippines president's official summer residence, The Mansion is one of the most photographed buildings in the city. Almost every Baguio visitor have a snapshot with the elegant building on the background.
Also known as the Igorot Village, Baguio Botanical Garden contains many Igorot houses amidst various flora and fauna that grows in the cool climate of the city. Tourists can usually take pictures with the Igorot tribesmen dressed in their traditional costume.
How to get to Baguio City:
The three main access roads leading to Baguio from the lowlands are Kennon Road, Marcos Highway, and Naguilian Highway. Kennon Road road is the fastest route to Baguio but is the most dangerous with frequent landslides during the rainy season. Marcos Highway and Naguilian Highway are more roundabout routes but are much safer than Kennon Road and are the only routes permitted to buses and trucks. Major Bus lines from Manila go straight to Baguio City all hours of the day.