7 days in California Itinerary

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San Francisco
— 1 night
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
San Diego
— 2 nights


San Francisco — 1 night

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): kick back and relax at Dunes Beach, then take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, and then take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Moe Greens, head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, then buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, and finally wander the streets of Union Square.

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Oulu, Finland to San Francisco is an approximately 17-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 10 hours traveling from Oulu to San Francisco. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Oulu in December; daily highs in San Francisco reach 17°C and lows reach 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Los Angeles.
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Los Angeles — 2 nights

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): shop like a local with The Grove, shop like a local with Two Rodeo Drive, take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, then kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and finally shop like a local with Third Street Promenade.

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Traveling by flight from San Francisco to Los Angeles takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from San Francisco in December, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Los Angeles: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can go by car to San Diego.
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San Diego — 2 nights

America's Finest City

Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
Visit La Jolla Cove and Children's Pool for some beach relaxation. Do your shopping at San Diego Fly Rides and Spanish Village Art Center. Next up on the itinerary: admire nature's wide array of creatures at San Diego Zoo and examine the collection at Timken Museum of Art.

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Getting from Los Angeles to San Diego by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. December in San Diego sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.
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California travel guide

The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.