5 Breathtaking Destinations Away from the Metro That You Absolutely Have to See
(SPOT.ph) The summer months may be over, but that shouldn’t stop you from planning your next getaway. There are still plenty of weekends left before the year ends, and quite a few destinations around the country that are worth driving to.
You don't need to drive too far to commune with nature. Just a couple of hours away from the city, Tanay is an outdoor lover's dream. It is home to everyone's new must-Instagram spot, the Masungi Georeserve, as well as Daranak Falls, Batlag Falls, and Tinipak River.
Scenic windmills aren't unique to Ilocos. Just a few kilometers away is Pililla, where you’ll find a cluster of windmills nestled among gently rolling hills.
San Fernando, La Union
People go to the neighboring town of San Juan to catch the waves, but if you’re looking for an even more laid-back weekend, visit San Fernando instead. Fewer people frequent the area, so you’re less likely to bump into an acquaintance from Manila.
Aside from the relaxed waters of Bauang Beach, you may want to check out some of the inland spots. Go for a swim at the Occalong Falls, or visit the Pindangan Ruins for a slice of history.
This quaint yet bustling provincial town is a foodie paradise. You’ll find something to warm your tummy—from nilagang kalabaw to specially-made suman and hot chocolate—and getting there takes only about four hours on wheels.
Make the most out of your drive by booking a spot at one of several beach resorts. You’ll also find yourself within the vicinity of Mt. Banahaw, one of the country's most famous mystical sites and a popular destination of pilgrims during Holy Week. Don't forget to buy pasalubong before going home; Infanta is one of the biggest local manufacturers of lambanog.
Burgos, Ilocos Norte
Burgos is a nature lover’s haven. It is home to the majestic natural sandstone towers known as the Kapurpurawan Rock Formations, and the multi-terraced Ka-angrian falls, easily one of the most picturesque waterfalls in northern Luzon.
Aside from natural wonders, Burgos is also home to man-made structures such as the Cape Bojeador Lighthouse which was erected during the Spanish times, and the Burgos Wind Farm.
Alaminos is home to the Hundred Islands National Park. The more popular islands, like Marcos Island and Governor’s Island, are usually filled with people and offer watersports activities. If you prefer staying away from large crowds, however, stick to the smaller, unnamed islands.
Long drives aren’t complete without a few essentials: a boatload of snacks, a playlist everyone can sing along to, and friends who are down for an adventure. However, the most important piece in every long drive is a car that gets you from point A to point B, and everywhere else in between.
You want a comfortable ride that can accommodate your passengers, and also has an adequate compartment and luggage space. Bonus points if it looks good and gets heads turning while you’re on the road.
You get all of this from the stylish new Nissan Juke N-Style crossover, which combines the easy and fun driving of a sedan and the comfortable space of a small SUV, all done up in a snazzy red-and-white package inspired by Nissan’s Nismo racing line. You can also opt for the similarly eye-catching silver-and-red variant that looks just as sleek tackling corners and traversing the long open road ahead.
The Juke N-Style features new front and rear bumper finishes and skirts, rear spoiler, and side door sills that accentuate the curves of the car. Inside, the updated look continues with chic seats and upholstery done in black with red trim. And under the hood, the 1.6-liter engine matched with a silky smooth transmission gives the car enough zip for overtaking or when cruising the open road.
For more information on the Juke N-Style, check out Nissan Philippines.