Tourism is one of the important industries in the Philippines. Manila has many places to visit including cultural heritage landmarks, national parks, and museums. Manila is also one of the main shopping hubs in Asia. There are several shopping centers located around the metropolis.

Ermita and Malate districts are made by the Manila’ tourist belt. These places offer a wide range of curio, souvenirs, and antiques as well as cafes and cozy music lounges. This article shows you the best places to visit in Manila.  

Taal Volcano Hike

The Taal Volcano Lake is the smallest in the world. It is also referred to as the Bombou.  Climbing on the Taal Volcano is actually easy and fun. It is great for physical activities and trekkers of all ages. The place is situated 65 km south of Metro Manila in the middle of Taal Lake.

In the Philippines, it is the second most active volcano with 33 historical eruptions. Visiting this lake is definitely worth the ‘fun hike’.

For ease and convenience, you should go for a Taal Volcano day hike with the guided person. It will place and you have a professional and experienced hiker with you and they will the Malacanang to the viewing deck of the Taal Volcano Lake.

Malacanang Palace

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This is the 175 years old palace and also it is the president’s official residence. Over the years, the Malacanang palace was demolished, expanded, rebuilt and remolded. The palace is one of the best places to visit in Manila.

Corregidor Island

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If you like history, CorregidorIsland is one of the important places to visit. It is the tadpole-shaped island and it is the main historical attraction in the whole of the Philippines. During the Second World War, this island was the scene of bitter fighting between the Japanese and Americans. When Manila was attacked, American forces located in the Corregidor and they stay in that area as long as they could. But, nowadays Corregidor is peaceful and calm. There are many places to visit in Corregidor that including barracks and museums.

Rizal Park

Rizal Park is also known as the Luneta Park. It is the 58-hectare urban park and Luneta was its official name until 1950. It is one of the most famous and largest parks in Asia. At the center of the park, you can find the monuments.

Rizal Park has open lawns, ponds, many paved walks wooded areas, and ornamental gardens. It is one of the main tourist attractions in Manila and it is the perfect place to take a stroll.

Pinatubo crater

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Pinatubo crater is located 90 kilometers away from Manila. This Mount Pinatubo’s climactic eruption in 1991completely transformed the surrounding landscape. Nowadays, trekkers come toenjoy the place. The lake is 2000 feet deep and it makes the lake deepest inthe Philippines. If you want a little excitement, then you can go the 4*4 off-road experiences and also you can go boating on the lake. Before leaving Pinatubo, taste the famous dishes.

Pagsanjan Falls

The Pagsanjan falls is one of the most popular places to visit in the Philippines. This falls also known as theMagdapio falls or Cavinti falls. The Pagsanjan falls is located within the Pagsanjan Gorge national park and this park covers the area of 152.4 hectares.

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You should take a 2.5 hours river trip from the town of Pagsanjan to get the Pagsanjan falls. Hiking from Cavinti is another way to get to the falls. The Pagsanjan waterfall situated 3.2 kilometers away from the Cavinti and Pagsanjan Boundary.

Rainy season is a great time to visit this waterfall and you can get a profound experience during the rainy season. To avoid crowds, make sure that you are visited the place on weekdays. And also, if you visited the falls in the morning, you can get a spectacular view.

Hidden Valley Springs

This secluded valley spring is located between two mystical mountains. The hidden valley spring is one of the most beautiful gifts of nature; it includes flowers, trees, vegetation, and inspiring scenery.

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This valley spring is located 75 kilometers away from the south of Manila.

Fort Santiago

Fort Santiago is the oldestSpanish fortress. It is built in the year 1571and it is built by Miguel Lopezde Legazpi, a Spanish conquistador.  Fort Santiago is one of the important historical sites to visit in Manila. During the Second World War and the Spanish Colonial Period, many people’s died in its prison’s dungeons.

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Tagaytay Ridge

Tagaytay is located 2.5 hours away from the south of Manila and it is also one of the most popular tourist destinations in Manila. The Tagaytay Ridge is the wonderful place of nature and it is the beautiful venue for the wedding receptions.

By using the Aguinaldo highway, it is easily accessible by a motorist. The place provides a cooler climate and you can easily escape from the heat of the metropolis, which is located 59kilometers away. The Tagaytay Ridge provides a great view of the Taal Volcano Island.

Subic Bay

Subic Bay is situated 100 kilometers to the northwest of Manila. It is the popular place to visit and it comprises of the Hanjin shipyard, the municipality of Subic, the former US novel base, and also the erstwhile US defense housing area.

Quezon Memorial Circle

In between 1946 and 1972, the Quezon City was the capital of the Philippines. There is a national park with the Quezon city is known as the Quezon Memorial Circle. The 66-meter mausoleum is the main feature of this National Park.  

The Manila Acapulco Galleon Museum

It is the most popular stunning museum in the Philippines. This novel museum is the historical and cultural hub as well as it has the entertainment facility. The construction of the gargantuan galleon is one of the features in this museum. It is constructed to high standards and also it is based on the 18th-century novel architecture plan.

This Acapulco museum draws tourists, collectors, diplomats, children, teens, and government officials. Generally, this museum attracts all kinds of audiences at all levels of society.