New Normal Travel? Here Are 8 Destinations Best for Day Trips Near Manila

New Normal Travel? Here Are 8 Destinations Best for Day Trips Near Manila
rizal and pampanga for day trips near manila
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Most of us have been stuck at home for months now and while we know that we’re staying at home for a good reason, we can’t help but miss the traveling life we had before the pandemic. Thankfully, tourism is slowly reopening—even just for day trips near Manila.

Our passports will have to rest for awhile until things get better but with many beautiful places in and around Manila, we’ll surely be more than satisfied. 

8 Perfect Destinations for Day Trips Near Manila 

From north to south, we’ve curated a list of destinations perfects for a great weekend getaway near Manila.

  1. Tagaytay
  2. Batangas
  3. Rizal
  4. Laguna
  5. La Union
  6. Zambales
  7. Pampanga 
  8. Pangasinan 

Here are the places for best road trips near Manila to feed your wanderlust!

1. Tagaytay

people's park in the sky tagaytay, day trips near manila

Whether you’re on for an adventure of a lifetime or just want a quick escape from the busy city life, Tagaytay never fails to satisfy your wanderlust cravings. With so many great places to see, delectable dishes to munch on, and fun experiences not to miss out on while enjoying the cool weather, you will definitely have the vacation you’ve been looking for.

That’s why there’s no doubt that Tagaytay remains on top of the list of best destinations for day trips from Manila.

Must-visit places: Sky Ranch Tagaytay, Taal Volcano and Lake, Picnic Grove, People’s Park in the Sky, and Paradizoo

Where to stay in Tagaytay

  1. Mar Ermino’s Room for Rent
    Price: From PHP 1000/night
  2. Casamara Garden Tagaytay
    Price: From PHP 1000/night
  3. Rachel’s Bed and Breakfast
    Price: From PHP 830/night

2. Batangas

greek inspired beach at batangas fortune island

Known for its iconic dive spots and stunning beaches, Batangas never disappoints. From the relaxing and heart-pumping activities to beautiful Batangas tourist spots, the province surely has a lot to offer for all types of travelers, especially for the love birds that’s why Batangas is a great destination for a weekend getaway near Manila for couples.

What makes it even better is that Batangas is just two hours away from Manila, perfect for city dwellers in need of a quick escape. 

Must-visit places in Batangas: Fortune Island, Masasa Beach, Laiya Beach, Anilao, Matabungkay Beach, Sepoc Beach, Mt. Batulao, and Caleruega Chapel

Where to stay in Batangas

  1. ZEN Rooms Park B&B Batangas
    Price: From PHP 2000/night
  2. ZEN Rooms Hacienda Darasa
    Price: From PHP 2500/night
  3. ZEN Rooms Rosario Resort Batangas
    Price: From PHP 3200/night

3. La Union

stunning aerial view of san juan la union beach

Known for its hip and IG-worthy spots and surfing, La Union is the millennials’ go-to destination for a quick escape. This province offers great beaches with towering waves perfect for surfing and an amazing nightlife! So if you’re looking for fun places for short trips from Manila, La Union is the best place to be!

Must-visit places in La Union: San Juan, Tangadan Falls, Urbiztondo, Ma-Cho Temple, Bahay Na Bato, Luna Pebble Beach, and La Union grape farms

Where to stay in La Union

  1. ZEN Rooms G Hotel La Union
    Price: From PHP 1500/night
  2. Monaliza Surf Resort
    Price: From PHP 1500/night
  3. ZEN Rooms Le Marc Beach Resort La Union
    Price: From PHP 3500/night

4. Zambales

Anawangin Cove in zambales

With countless beautiful Zambales tourist spots to see, enticing islands near the West Philippine Sea, delicious treats not to miss, and a good mix of chill and thrilling activities, Zambales has become a go-to destination for weekend travelers. Not just it caters to group travelers but it is also perfect for a solo day trip near Manila.

Just two to three hours away from Manila, you can already enjoy a getaway you’ve been wanting for so long.

Must-visit places: Mt. Pinatubo Crater, Camara Island, Subic Beach, Potipot Island, Magalawa Island, Talisayen Cove, Liwliwa Beach, Nagsasa Cove, Capones Island, and Anawangin Cove

5. Laguna

tourists at nuvali park

When you hear Laguna, you think about the buko pie and the nice hot spring resorts. But if you go further into its towns, you’ll be able to discover that there are so many places to see and things to do in Laguna that anyone would be sorry for saying no to. From waterfalls to modern resorts, Laguna has everything for you. The best part? It’s not expensive to travel there that’s why it’s a perfect destination for travelers looking for an affordable weekend getaway near Manila.

And because of its proximity to Manila, Laguna has become one of the favorite go-to destinations for weekend travelers. 

Must-visit places in Laguna: Caliraya Ecoville Recreation Farm & Resort, Sulyap Gallery Café, Nuvali Park, Enchanted Kingdom, Seven Lakes, Bato Springs, Republic Wakepark, Pagsanjan Falls, and Hidden Valley Springs

6. Rizal

travelers going to the giant web at masungi georeserve in rizal

When planning a one day trip from Manila, our usual go-to destinations are Tagaytay and Batangas. But this province has equally (and could have more) stunning places that are worth the visit, too! In fact, many Rizal tourist spots have been featured in many travel shows and magazines already!

Named after the Philippine National Hero, Dr. Jose Rizal, this province is just two hours away from Manila! A quick trip can already make you feel like you’re miles away from the city, even if you’re only a few hours away.

Must-visit places: Masungi Georeserve, Daranak Falls, Hinulugang Taktak, Pinto Art Museum, Batlag Falls, Tinipak River, and Pililla Wind Farm

7. Pampanga 

mt. pinatubo crater lake

If you’re a foodie, where else is better for you to visit than in the Culinary Capital of the Philippines? From the best crispy sizzling sisig to the fine crushed ice of halo-halo, Pampanga is full of treats that will definitely make your tummy happy! 

But aside from the Kapampangan dishes, what makes it worth-visiting are the fun and historic spots that cater to laid-back and adventurous travelers. Pampanga, without a doubt, is a great destination for a day tour near Manila.

Must-visit places in Pampanga: SandBox, Sky Ranch, Mt. Arayat National Park, Aqua Planet, Nayong Pilipino, Deca Wakeboard Park and Pradera Verde, Mt. Pinatubo Crater Lake

8. Pangasinan 

Just 3-4 hours away from Manila, Pangasinan will welcome you with cool places that will make day trips from Manila more unforgettable. The province is famous for its pristine beaches and pilgrimage sites.

Must-visit places in Pangasinan: Hundred Islands, Sky Plaza, Patar Beach, The Minor Basilica of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary of Manaoag, Sunflower Maze, Mt. Balungao, Hilltop Adventure Resort, and Enchanted Cave

Frequently Asked Questions About Day Trips Near Manila

Q: Where can I relax near Manila?

A: There are many places you can visit for a day tour near Manila. These are: 

  1. Tagaytay
  2. Batangas
  3. Bataan 
  4. Bulacan 
  5. Rizal
  6. Laguna
  7. La Union
  8. Zambales
  9. Pampanga 

Q: Where can I go near Manila this weekend?

A: If you’re looking for day trips near Manila, here are the best places to check out that will make your weekend getaway near Manila more fun!

  1. Tagaytay
  2. Batangas
  3. Rizal
  4. Laguna
  5. La Union
  6. Zambales
  7. Pampanga 

Q: Where do couples go in Manila?

A: Manila is such a romantic place perfect for couple travelers. Here are the best places to visit in Manila for couples:

  1. Intramuros
  2. Roxas Boulevard
  3. Mall of Asia
  4. Ninoy Aquino Wildlife Park
  5. Quezon Memorial Circle
  6. Ayala Triangle Gardens
  7. Bonifacio Global City

Q: What is the cheapest month to fly to the Philippines?

A: The cheapest month to travel to the Philippines is between September and October. Flight prices can be up to 11% cheaper than the average yearly ticket price. 

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