You Don’t Have to Go Far for an Adventure! Road Trip Destinations Near Metro Manila

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As summer ends and the heat dissipates, everyone is anticipating the arrival of cooler winds. However, the approaching –ber months present a hectic and stressful scenario as everyone starts preparing for the holidays. This means less time to relax and hang out with friends.

The upcoming three-day weekend is the perfect time for a quick getaway with friends. There are several places just outside the city for a fun adventure. Rent yourself a car in Manila and drive to any one of these locations for a memorable trip that will hold you over until the holiday parties.

Go on a food trip in Tagaytay.

Tagaytay has always acted as a haven for adventure-seekers that want a quick road trip destination. A mere 2-hour drive from the city, the Summer Capital of the Philippines is accommodating to weary urbanites. Explore the South’s playground and discover gastronomic treats with the city’s smorgasbord of local delicacies.

How to Get There:

The South Luzon Expressway is one of the simplest ways to get to Tagaytay by car. Take the Santa Rosa Exit and drive all the way down to the Tagaytay City marketplace. You will have to pay a toll fee when you exit, but the direct route the expressway offers is well worth the added cost.

What to Do:

Tagaytay is known for its food. Try authentic bulalo at any one of the mom-and-pop restaurants that populate the city. Leslie’s, along Aguinaldo Highway, is a classic pit stop for urbanites looking to enjoy some of the city’s famous dishes. The Mahogany Beef Market & Bulalohan has food stalls that serve delicious food at affordable prices. Visit the market after eating to get yourself premium cuts of beef to take home after your trip.

Explore the local art scene in Antipolo.

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Although Antipolo is only an hour’s drive away from Metro Manila, its picturesque landscape makes it feel like a different world. Explore historic landmarks and peruse the local art scene when you visit this Northern Getaway.

How to Get There:

There are two routes you can take to get to Antipolo. For people living in or near Makati, pass through Marcos Highway to get to the Sumulong Highway. This route will direct you to Antipolo. You can also get to the city using the Ortigas Extension. The latter road will have you arriving in Antipolo in at least 40 minutes of driving.

What to Do:

Antipolo is home to the Pinto Art Museum. This gallery is filled with unique works of art, from paintings to sculptures, by Filipino artists. Browse through the artworks and take artfully directed snapshots throughout the gallery for memorable keepsakes.

Discover the beauty of Philippine architecture in Bataan.

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Bataan is known for its historical and cultural attractions. Situated in Central Luzon, the province is a three-hour drive away from Metro Manila. Although the farthest destination on this list, Bataan’s natural beauty and memorable sites are worth the drive.

How to Get There:

From Manila, take the North Luzon Expressway and exit through the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX). Take the Dinalupihan Exit and turn into the Roman Super Highway, this route will get you to the City Center of Balanga, Bataan.

What to Do:

Bataan is home to Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar. This open-air museum serves as a heritage park that houses reconstructed ancestral homes from all over the country. Explore the beauty of Philippine architecture with your friends when you take a walk within the site.

Travel with Ease with

The three-day weekend gives you enough time to go on a quick adventure with your friends before everyone starts stressing over the holidays. has different car rental options that will make your planned road trip easier and more enjoyable. Choose from our fleet of sedans, SUVs, and vans. You even get to choose between driving on your own or with a professional driver.

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