Tarlac City, Tarlac is completley landlocked and consists predominantly of plains with the remaining being mountains.
Tourism has not really been a big part of Tarlac although it does have some great historical areas, rice and sugar plantations and golf courses for those so inclined.
The city is now one of the progressive cities of the Philippines
Camiling is the "Chicharon and Iniruban Capital of the Philippines". The town is rich in history and culture. visit the house of the real life Maria Clara
San Jose - visit the miraculous relic of the cross at the Monasterio De Tarlac at Brgy. Lubigan. It also has a Jesus statue like the one at Rio De Janeiro, only a bit small.
Capas is well-known for the "Death March" during the Fall of Bataan, wherein Filipino-American soldiers who became prisoners of war during the Japanese Occupation in the Phillipines has to walk from Batan to Capas. Many soldiers died due to hunger and malaria. It is where the Capas Shrine is located, it has an inverted V symbol.
Tarlac is the most multicultural of the Central Luzon provinces. A mixture of four district groups, the Pampangos, Ilocanos, Pangasinenses, and Tagalogs, share life in the province.
Tarlac is best known for its fine foods and vast sugar and rice plantations. That it has fine cooking to offer is due largely to the fact that it is the melting pot of Central Luzon. It offers some of the best cuisines from the places of ancestry of its settlers, the provinces of Pampanga, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Zambales, Pangasinan, and the Ilocos Region.
Historical sites, fine food, vast plantations, a beautifully landscaped golf course, and so many other attractions – all these make the province of Tarlac one of the best of the places to visit in Central Luzon.
Pampango or Kapampangan is spoken by half of the population followed by Ilocano spoken by 41%. Everybody understands the Tagalog language.
From Manila, Tarlac is approximately 2.5 to 3 hours away by car or bus. Take the North Luzon Expressway to the far end and exit at the Sta, Ines tollgate. Take the Mabalacat road and turn right onto MacArthur Highway, then right again at Luisita Industrial Park.
There are various shopping malls, like:
. Plaza Luisita Center - the first shopping mall in central Luzon owned by the Cojuancos of Tarlac and its located along Mc. Arthur Highway, San Miguel, Tarlac City
. SM City Tarlac - the first SM Supermall in the Province and is located along Mc. Arthur Highway, San Roque, Tarlac City
. Robinsons Luisita - the first Robinson mall in the province and its located along Mc. Arthur Highway, San Miguel, Tarlac City
. Paniqui Mall - a mall at Paniqui town
. Metro Town Mall - a mall at Tarlac City located along Mc. Arthur Highway, Sto. Cristo, Tarlac City
. Magic Star Mall - a mall at Tarlac City located along Romulo Blvd, Cut-cut, Tarlac City
. Uniwide - Tarlac Central Mall - a mall at Tarlac City located along Aquino Blvd., San Nicolas, Tarlac City
. EZ City Center - a shopping complex at Tarlac City located along MacArthur Hi-way corner Ligtasan St., Tarlac City