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Baguio City is the summer capital of the Philippines. Located in northern Luzon, Baguio City was established by the Americans in 1909, It is sited about 1,500 meters above sea level, high in the Cordillera mountain range giving the city an almost temperate climate. Baguio is a favorite vacation destination of Filipinos & foreign tourist specially during summer because of its year-round cool climate. It is also known as an educational center with its 4 universities and several colleges and institutes in Baguio City’s 49 square kilometer area.

The centrepiece of 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.

Baguio as known for being one of the cleanest and greenest cities in the country, Baguio is certainly a great vacation spot to relax and enjoy the beauty and the culture of the city. On the way to Baguio where the "Kennon Road" is , the zigzagging path previews the scenic highlights of the city. Along the 32-kilometer highway are the Bridal Veil and Colorado waterfalls. There are many tourist destination that Baguio can offer that surely captivate your heart.

Geography

The three main access roads leading to Baguio from the lowlands are Kennon Road, Marcos Highway, and Naguilian Highway. Kennon Road starts from Rosario, La Union and winds through a narrow, steep valley. This is the fastest route to Baguio but is dangerous, with landslides during the rainy season.

Marcos Highway, which starts from Agoo, La Union, and Naguilian Highway, which starts from Bauang, La Union, are longer routes but are safer than Kennon Road and are the preferred routes for coaches, buses and lorries. With its charter in 1909, Baguio is not a part of the Benguet province, though geographically speaking it's located in the said province.

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Known for being one of the cleanest and greenest cities in the country, Baguio is certainly a great vacation spot to relax and enjoy the beauty and the culture of the city. On the way to Baguio where the "Kennon Road" is , the zigzagging path previews the scenic highlights of the city. Along the 32-kilometer highway are the Bridal Veil and Colorado waterfalls.

There are many tourist destination that Baguio can offer that surely captivate your heart. Of course, the famous "Burham Park" located in the heart of the city, the park?s features a man-made lagoon ideal for boat rides, a skating rink, an athletic field and stadium, basketball and tennis courts, a biking zone, tree-and-flower lined promenades, and a plant market. That surely anyone could enjoy.

Baguio Country Club and Camp John Hay, former campsite for rest-and-recreation activities of American military personnel is now popular golfing destination, the camp is being transformed into a world-class resort, a Baguio?s biggest pine tree conservation area. With its newly refurbished 18-hole golf course rivals that of the Country Club which has pretty garden-patched cottages surrounding its fairways.

Mansion House, the official summer residence of Philippine presidents. That also serves as museum of presidential memorabilia. It also offers tourists with great photo opportunities with its rectangular reflecting pool along a tree-lined walkway. Parallel to Mansion House, is Wright Park where neophyte riders can trot around an oval track guided by trainers who lead horses with a hand-held leash. At the Mines View Park, tourists can have a panoramic view of the old mines of Benguet. At the park entrance is a flea market for souvenir items.

The city landmark, Baguio Cathedral located at the upper part of the city that gives the scenic view of the city. Another pilgrimage site is the Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes which sits on top of Dominican Hill. Devotees prefer to climb the 252-step ascent than drive through a winding road to reach the shrine. Bell Church holds a religious service of mixed Buddhist, Taoist, Confucian and Christian dogmas but tourists come here to have their fortunes told.

Philippine Military Academy, located on an elevated pine-forested ground is the the country?s foremost military learning institution. Its Saturday Morning Parade in Review by cadets in full regalia never fails to attract visitors. Within campus vicinity is a Military Museum. A cultural haven established by noted Baguio artist BenCab, Tam-awan Village recreates a typical ethnic village in the Cordilleras with authentic tribal homes uprooted from their original locations and re-set on similar terrain. There is also an art gallery-cum-coffee shop.

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