Where To Go: Roadtrip Destinations Near Manila

May 21, 2018

The rainy season shouldn’t put a damper on your travel plans. In fact, the rain can make your road trip even more fun – a little downpour can make you feel cozier in the car. Here are five top destinations for a rainy season road trip.


1. Tagaytay

The weather is always cooler here than in Manila. Aside from the picturesque view of Taal Volcano, there are many restaurants and coffee shops to visit. A hot cup of coffee or chocolate is more soothing to drink during the rain.

2. Laguna

Laguna is known for its falls and hot springs. What can be more soothing than bathing in a hot spring during the downpour? Laguna has many hot spring resorts to choose from. While you’re on the road, you can also enjoy a wedge of Original buko pie.

3. Rizal

Rizal is only two to three hours away from Manila. Though there are some beautiful falls there – like Batlag and Daranak falls – you might want to check out the art there. The Pinto Art Museum offers contemporary art while the Blanco Family museum showcases the work of accomplished artist Botong Francisco. Here’s a destination where you can cultivate your artistic senses.

4. Pampanga

You might want to consider Pampanga – which is only 2 hours away from Manila – if you want to go on a food trip. Sometimes a little rain enhances the taste of food. How about some scrumptious sisig? There’s the original sisig at Aling Lucing’s. However, if you want some rough adventure over comfort food, you might want to consider the mt. Pinatubo experience.

5. Cavite

A rainy road trip might help you brush up on your history. A mere hour to two hours away, Cavite is known for its historical sites such as the Tejeros Convention site in General Trias, Bonifacio Trial House in Maragondon, and the General Emilio Aguinaldo Shrine in Kawit. This is an ideal destination for history buffs!