We were hoping to do an ambitious road trip up North, driving through Nueva Vizcaya up to Tuguegarao, further North to Pagudpud, down to Laoag, Vigan, and back to Manila. Problem is, we have never been this way before except on the way to Baguio or to Banaue, Bontoc and Sagada which we have visited several times. I have downloaded some great tips from Anton over at Our Awesome Planet and Ivan at Ivan About Town, but we are still unsure about our final itinerary. If you hail from these parts, or grew up in a town or province along this route, we would love to hear your suggestions if you are willing to share themâ€¦ what are the must sees, which markets are worth spending some serious time at, what local delicacies are definitely a must tryâ€¦ I realize we may only have a day or less (since there is so much driving involved)in each major stop but we would like to make the most of itâ€¦
We havenâ€™t the foggiest idea where to make the first stop on the way up â€“ should we stay in Solano or Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya (and what hotel is the best in town?) to break a very long drive? Then the following night where can we stay in Tuguegarao? Once we get to Pagudpud, should we stay a night there or take in the scenery and keep on driving to Laoag? Should we stay at the tourist infested, but relatively reasonably priced 5 star (daw?) Fort Ilocandia Resort, or the newer, quainter and much pricier, Sitio Remedios outside Laoag. Do we spend a night at Villa Angela in a Cuarto de las Hijas (why that is nicer than los Hijosâ€™ one is beyond me) in Vigan or keep driving to somewhere in La Union for the night? We wanted to do all of this in 5 nights and 6 days total and if we are crazy, please let us knowâ€¦ Any of your useful insights into this potential trip would be greatly appreciated. Markets, food and delicacies, restaurants, interesting things to see, hotels, insider tips, wickedly unsafe roads, neat things for The Kid to do, etc. Of course, if we push through with the trip, we will try to have a post for every major destination along the wayâ€¦ Thank you so much in advance for your help!