DIY Family Travel Guide in Baguio City

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Are you also planning to visit the summer capital of the Philippines, Baguio City, this coming new year, 2019? To save money, we agreed on a do-it-yourself (DIY) itinerary for 3D2N. Since we will be traveling with kids and an elderly, we also thought that it would be best to follow our own pace rather than a jam-packed guided tour.

I asked a friend to help me find a room thru Airbnb as early as first week of December due to Panagbenga Festival. Also, most tourists come to Baguio City to witness the month-long celebration of annual flower festival. We were able to find an accommodation at Le-onie’s Lodge at Jungletown Rd. I particularly like this lodge because aside from it’s affordability, the location is central to tourist spots and the reviews are satisfactory. We would like to know if you have other recommendations, please go to comment section or email us at ksisters@mykmag.com.

Strawberry Picking and Night Market

Browsing some reviews, we planned our tour around inexpensive restaurants recommended by Lost and Wonder. For Day 1 here is the detailed travel guide with assumption of around 1:00pm estimated time of arrival in Baguio City.

  • Tea House Restaurant and Bakeshop, located along Session Road in Baguio City to try their birthday cake as my eldest is turning 7 next month.
  • La Trinidad Strawberry Farm owned by Benguet State University for picking of fresh strawberries.
  • Calajo Restaurant located at Km4, Halsema Highway, La Trinidad, Benguet.
  • Baguio night market Harrison Rd, Baguio, Benguet

I am thinking we would all be tired because of the commute from Manila to Baguio so I did not plan much on Day 1. If we will arrive earlier, maybe we can take a short nap. I hope we have the energy to do the strawberry picking else I will have to re-plan this. If we are too tired, maybe we can reschedule the night market to next day. I hope not.

DIY Family Travel Guide in Baguio City

Baguio Famous Parks and Places

We will start our Day 2 with an early mass and will visit all the parks Baguio is known for.

  • Baguio Cathedral, Our Lady of Atonement, located in Mt. Mary Hill, Cathedral Loop to hear mass.
  • Good Taste Restaurant at Carino St., Corner Otek St. for breakfast
  • Burnham Park, located in Jose Abad Santos Drive to try the boat ride or biking around the park.
  • Botanical Garden in Leonard Wood Rd. for photo opportunities
  • Wright Park beside Rizal Elementary School Gibraltar Road to see the pool of pines.
  • Ketchup Food Community near Wright Park for lunch
  • The Mansion still at Leonard Wood Rd. for more photo opportunities
  • Mines View Park and Observation Deck for the fascinating view of the Cordillera mountain
  • Good Shepherd Convent located in Gibraltar Rd. to buy some souvenirs
  • Arca’s Yard Cafe for dinner located at Tiptop, Ambuclao Road

I am optimistic that we can follow this itinerary because I specifically arranged this tour due to its close proximity. Unfortunately we will miss the BenCab museum, Tam-Awan Village and Valley of Colors since those are a little far from the city. I think these famous parks and destinations are enough to experience Baguio.

DIY Family Travel Guide in Baguio City

Camp John Hay and Panagbenga Park

For the last day, Day 3, I also did not put much because we will be heading back to Manila.

  • Glenn 50’s Diner located at 166 Military Cutoff Road for breakfast
  • Camp John Hay in Loakan Rd for some picnic
  • Panagbenga Park at Upper Session Rd to see if there are decorations already for the festival.

I am thinking of how we’re going to manage this morning tour because we may not get back before 11:00am check out. So maybe we need to go back to the lodge first and check out before going to our last stop. Hopefully we won’t miss out this Panagbenga Park because I am positive that there will be decorations already for the flower festival.

DIY Family Travel Guide in Baguio City

The most exciting phase of traveling for me is planning and with kids, I really need to do it meticulously. Feel free to use and print this three-day itinerary. Actually one of the reason I created this article is to get opinions from you as well. So please go to comment section or reach us at our social media pages or email us at ksisters@mykmag.com. Please also watch out for our experience in Baguio City at Family Travel. I would like to give credit to the following for the use of their photos in making this travel guide.

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