Top 10 Road Trip Destinations in Luzon

by Rizanoia

If you hail from Luzon or if you happen to be in Luzon, you have a long weekend to spare and you are itching to tour the Philippines’ biggest island, then this trip itinerary is for you. Ready your car, check your engines, fill up your tank and start your Luzon road trip and get the most of this no-airplane vacation.

1. Ilocos Region

From the rich history etched in old churches, the famed mausoleum of the great dictator Ferdinand Marcos, the bodies of water and to the man-made wonders of the Patapat Viaduct, Bangui Windfarm and more, Ilocos is a worthy getaway at the Northwest section of the country.

2. Caramoan in Camarines Sur

There is a particular and special reason why of the thousands of islands in the world, Caramoan tour has been chosen not once but multiple of times to become the castaway island for the reality show Survivor. The island’s clear waters and white sand beaches are just perfect for water activities such as swimming, snorkeling and diving and some of its hidden caves can be explored through spelunking. Must-go places are the Gota Beach, Centro and Caramoan National Park.

3. Sagada Mt. Province

Far up the mountains, almost reaching the skies is the province of Sagada in Mt. Province which deserves to be called the Philippines gem in the sky. This place has been able to remarkably preserve its beauty and culture owing maybe to its seclusion. What is certain, however, is that this place is worth a trip with its rich and unique culture, magnificent mountain ranges sceneries and exhilarating caving and spelunking adventures.

4. Baguio City

The city of pines is another marvelous mountain destination as it has been able to harmoniously merge the comforts of city life with its vibrant history which the city has carefully preserved for its visitors to enjoy. There are also other reasons to visit this place, it’s cool weather and strawberries.

5. Cagayan Valley

Aerial View of Cape Engano Lighthouse in Palaui Island, Sta. Ana, Cagayan

Located at the northeastern portion of Luzon, this region is considered to be the second largest in the country. And with this size, it is not at all surprising to find interesting places to visit whether you opt to go to the coastline or the mountains. Notable sites include the beaches of Anguib and Nangarmoan, Palaui Island, Portabaga Falls, Calvary Hills, and many more.

Read more: Cagayan Valley Travel Guide

6. Calaguas in Camarines Norte

Tourists can actually choose which of the three islands in Calaguas to visit but the most famous is Tinaga which has recently become popular among backpackers because of the backward yet peaceful getaway offered by Mahabang Buhangin. Efforts of the local community have been majorly centered on keeping the calm and serenity of the place to prevent it from becoming too commercialized or crowded.

7. Baler in Aurora

Baler Itinerary and Expenses: Diguisit Beach

Northeast of Manila is another Philippine wonder which is home to many impressive land formations worthy of anyone’s travel. Since it graciously faces the vast expanse of the Philippines Sea, the municipality boasts of amazing beach destinations which include the Aniao Islets, Baler Bay, Cemento Beach, Dicasalarin Cove and Cobra Reef. No wonder it has earned international acclaim for being one of the best beach destinations and top surfing spots in the country.

Read more: Baler Travel Guide

8. San Antonio in Zambales

This municipality stands out not because of its size. Rather, it has earned a favorable reputation because of the majestic combination of beautiful beaches and glorious mountains evident in the islands of Capones and Camara and the numerous wonderful coves which include Anawangin, Nagasa, Talisayin and Silangen.

9. Pangasinan

Aside from the famous Bangus Festival, this province, which is located west of Luzon lining both the South China Sea and the Lingayen Gulf, is also known for a lot of wonderful things. Aside from its sweet mangoes and local rice muffin delicacy the Calasiao puto, it has many attractions to boast of which have drawn tourists far and wide. Favorite areas to visit in Pangasinan include the Hundred Islands and the white sand beaches of Bolinao and Dasol like Patar Beach and Tambobong Beach.

10. Ifugao

Photo by Dale de Vera on Unsplash

If you truly want to see the best of what man can do with nature as its platform, then going to the province of Ifugao is a must go for people who wanted to see a man-made wonder that was generations in the making – the Banaue Rice Terraces.

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