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.
Kick 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. On the 7th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Moe Greens, step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, then browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, and finally take a stroll through Union Square.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco holiday builder tool.

Oulu, Finland to San Francisco is an approximately 17-hour flight. You'll gain 10 hours traveling from Oulu to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Oulu in December, with highs in San Francisco at 17°C and lows at 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly 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.
On the 8th (Thu), get a taste of the local shopping with The Grove, browse the different shops at Two Rodeo Drive, then take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, then enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and finally shop like a local with Third Street Promenade.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Los Angeles road trip planning site.

Getting from San Francisco to Los Angeles by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in December, expect nights in Los Angeles to be about the same, around 11°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to drive 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. Head to San Diego Fly Rides and Spanish Village Art Centerfor plenty of shopping. The adventure continues: get to know the resident critters at San Diego Zoo and see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read San Diego online day trip planner.

Getting from Los Angeles to San Diego by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in San Diego are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Cap off 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.