Baguio City sits on an elevated plateau, around 155 miles north of the Philippines capitol, Manila, which provides it with cooler summer temperatures than lowland areas of the country. This has earned it the nickname "Summer Capitol of the Philippines," since the city draws in many visitors looking to take advantage of the cooler climate. Tourists can enjoy the sights of Baguio while there, and this includes some impressive natural attractions.
Mount Santo Tomas
Mount Santo Tomas forms part of the Cordillera Mountains, with this peak, at around 7,500 feet high, as one of the tallest in the Baguio City area. Tourists can reach the summit on foot or by vehicle, and doing this provides some impressive views of the city, as well as the surrounding landscape. Hiking to the peak can also provide the opportunity to get a close-up view of some of the local plants and wildlife.
Asin Hot Springs
Asin Hot Springs sits around 10 miles northwest of Baguio City. This site has natural thermal hot springs, in which visitors can relax and enjoy the warm water. Those that prefer a little exercise can use the swimming area, also filled with natural spring water. Lush green vegetation surrounds the springs, adding to the relaxing atmosphere, and the construction of a few hanging bridges around the site enhance the natural beauty of the area.
Kennon Road Attractions
The town of Rosario lies around 25 miles southwest of Baguio City, with Kennon Road running between the two communities. Driving this route provides the opportunity to view some beautiful natural attractions. This includes Colorado Falls, a series of three large waterfalls dropping into a natural pool, which has a depth of up to 10 feet. Other attractions to look for include Tukang Cave, a multi-chambered natural cave, and the Bued River. An observation deck on Kennon Road, as it nears Baguio City, also provides impressive views of the surrounding mountain landscape.
The northwest boundary of Baguio City borders the small municipality of Sablan. This area has some impressive natural attractions, such as Towing Waterfall, located around 14 miles from Baguio City. The water from the falls collects in a pool at the base, which provides visitors with opportunities for fishing and swimming. Naguilian Road runs for a distance of around 28 miles between Baguio City and the town of Bauang. Mount Dakes lies alongside the road in Sablan, less than 10 miles from Baguio City, with a hike to the summit providing views of the South China Sea.
- City of Baguio: About Baguio City
- Republic of the Philippines Department of Tourism: Baguio City Tourist Attractions
- Republic of the Philippines Department of Tourism: Benguet Tourist Attractions
- Go Baguio: Attractions
- Province of Benguet: Natural Attractions Found in Sablan
- City of Pines: Baguio's Three Major Access Roads
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