Places to Visit in an Ilocos Road Trip

Ilocos is at least 8 hours drive from Manila. You’ll get up to Vigan with that time. Add another 5 hours and you’ll hit Laoag. These are the suggested pit stops in an Ilocos road trip. Drive all the way to Laoag on the first leg, staying overnight after dropping by a number of tourist sites. Drive all the way up to Pagudpud beach in the morning, then rest for the night in Vigan. Here are the destinations you should not miss.

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San Agustin Church (Paoay, Ilocos Norte)

San Agustin Church (Paoay, Ilocos Norte). Augustinian missionaries founded the parish in 1593, with the cornerstone of the chuch laid in 1704. This church has the most impressive facade, in my book, but not necessarily the interior. [See other churches in The Churches of Ilocos]

Malacanang of the North (Paoay, Ilocos Norte). The town of Paoay in the province of Ilocos Norte, however, cradles another structure that serves as a reminder of the Philippines not-so-distant past, the time when the Marcoses wielded power during Martial Law, ending with his ouster during the EDSA People Power Revolution in 1986. [Read Malacanang of the North (Paoay, Ilocos Norte)]

Syquia Mansion Museum (Vigan, Ilocos Norte). [Read more on Syquia Mansion Museum]

Calle Crisologo and Vigan (Ilocos Norte). Vigan was established in the 15th century, the oldest surviving Spanish colonial city in the Philippines. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is the capital of Ilocos Sur, located around 400 kilometers from Manila. [Read more on Vigan Ilocos Norte: Heritage City]

Museo Ilocos Norte. Should you be interested in taking a glimpse of Ilocos history (and escaping the humid heat outside) under one roof, drop by Museo Ilocos, a few minutes from the Tobacco Monopoly monument and the Ilocos Norte provincial capitol. [Read Experiencing History at Museo Ilocos Norte]

Golden Sand Dunes (La Paz, Ilocos Norte)

The Golden Sand Dunes (La Paz, Ilocos Norte). The golden-brown grass clinging to the Sand Dunes at La Paz, Ilocos Norte, is a sight to behold, especially at sunset. The Sand Dunes are framed by the China Sea at the west and a mountain range at the other side. [Read The Golden Sand Dunes of La Paz, Ilocos Norte]

Cape Bojeador Ligthouse (Burgos, Ilocos Norte). I still believe the view is still amazing, but the label “most amazing” now belongs to another lighthouse — the Cape Bojeador lighthouse found in Burgos, Ilocos Norte. The historical marker placed in this lighthouse states that it was designed in 1887 and finished in 1890. It is the sole example of of a 19th century lighthouse architecture. [Read Cape Bojeador Ligthouse (Burgos, Ilocos Norte)]

Bangui Wind Mills, Ilocos Norte

Bangui Wind Mills (Ilocos Norte). There’s a platform along the highway where you could watch the windmills of Bangui from a distance. Unless you have telephoto lens, you’ll have tiny fans on your sights. Whatever lens you have, however, it’s always better to look at the structure up close and personal. [Read Bangui Wind Mills (Ilocos Norte)]

Blue Lagoon (Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte)

Blue Lagoon (Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte). Pagudpud, which is our farthest destination in Ilocos, has white sand beaches. Along the green line at the beach, where the white sand and the plant-riddled sloping hills meet, is a refuge against the unforgiving sun, the same sun that made the parched land chocolate-brown. [Read more Blue Lagoon at Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte]

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