I am always fond of passing by the Quezon National Park on my way to Sorsogon and vice-versa. I guess I just love driving a winding road, and enjoying its fresh air (unless there’s a diesel-based vehicles infront of you). It also offer a government owned travelers’ stop, which offers enough parking slots for travelers.
For those who have kids and haven’t seen a forest, this is a good experience for them. I haven’t tried the mountain trail opposite the stop. My daughter once climb thru the stairs, but didn’t stay for long.
For those who loves to eat, the resto in the traveler’s stop offers bulalo and other lutong bahay stuff. Even brewed coffee is available – one has to wait though since they only brew the coffee when one is buying. It has clean restrooms and I normally donate 10 to 20 pesos (this is a small price to pay for maintaining a clean restroom).
They don’t charge for the cottage formally, but you get embarrassed after using it because somebody cleans it up. I normally leave PHP100 and a separate one to the cleaning lady.
And don’t forget to bring a lot of coins – there are locales who beg for money along the road. Beware, PHP100 worth of coins can run out very fast on the 10-minute mountain drive. I normally encourage my daughter to pick the old ones.
In my estimate, you don’t save a lot in travel time if you take the mountain road or the normal route. You get to lose more travel time because one tends to buy food or look around.
It’s all worthwhile.