8 days in California Itinerary

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


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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at La Jolla Cove and Mission Beach Park. The adventure continues: look for gifts at San Diego Fly Rides, appreciate the history behind Cabrillo National Monument, immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, and kick back and relax at Children's Pool.

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Oulu, Finland to San Diego is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. Traveling from Oulu to San Diego, you'll gain 10 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Oulu in December; daily highs in San Diego reach 23°C and lows reach 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Los Angeles.
Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature
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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 13th (Tue), find something for the whole family at Disneyland Park. On your second day here, explore the activities along Santa Monica Bay, enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, then look for gifts at Bergamot Station, then browse the different shops at Two Rodeo Drive, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with The Grove.

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Traveling by car from San Diego to Los Angeles takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in December, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to San Francisco.
Theme Parks · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors
Side Trips
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San Francisco — 2 nights

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 15th (Thu): wander the streets of Union Square, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, then buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, and finally stop by City Lights Booksellers. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Alcatraz Island, then shop like a local with Ghirardelli Square, and then make a trip to Golden Gate Bridge.

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Traveling by flight from Los Angeles to San Francisco takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Los Angeles in December, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 17°C by day to 8°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.
Shopping · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
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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.