If you want to avoid the crowds and take the road less traveled, go visit the Cagayan Valley Region up north.
The region is filled with towering mountains, breathtaking coastlines, and pristine white sand beaches. The Batanes province is perhaps the most popular destination in the region, with its picturesque rolling hills and lush terrain. The stone houses of the Ivatan ethnic group add a rustic charm to the island, which makes it a must-see destination especially to photographers.
If you’re a history buff, make sure to make a stop at the Cagayan province, which is home to plenty of stunning colonial-era churches. A good starting point would be the Saints Peter and Paul Metropolitan Cathedral in Tuguegarao City.
Named the “Queen Province of the Philippines”, Isabela is filled with breathtaking natural wonders. Beaches, nature parks, waterfalls, rock formations and mountains can be found here.
Named after former president Elpidio Quirino, the Quirino province is not to be overlooked. You won’t run out of activities here with caves to explore and rivers to kayak and swim in.
Located in the southernmost part of the region is Nueva Vizcaya, often referred to as the gateway to Cagayan Valley.
An often overlooked tourist destination, there’s a lot that Cagayan Valley has to offer.