12 days in California Itinerary

12 days in California Itinerary

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12 days in California Itinerary

Helsinki
Fly:  20​h 45​min
Los Angeles
— 6 nights
train + Fly:  3​h 30​min
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  20​h 45​min
Helsinki

5
days
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Get a sense of the local culture at Getty Center The Publications and Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Get some historical perspective at El Pueblo de Los Angeles and La Brea Tar Pits & Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Santa Monica (Santa Monica Farmers Market & Bergamot Station). And it doesn't end there: look and learn at Griffith Observatory, get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, don't miss a visit to Third Street Promenade, and take an in-depth tour of Avila Adobe.

To find photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Los Angeles travel itinerary planner.

Helsinki, Finland to Los Angeles is an approximately 21-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 10 hours traveling from Helsinki to Los Angeles. In September, Los Angeles is warmer than Helsinki - with highs of 35°C and lows of 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Norton Simon Museum
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Getty Center The Publications ©
Getty Center The Publications
La Brea Tar Pits & Museum ©
La Brea Tar Pits & Museum
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

4
days
San Francisco

San Francisco
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Fisherman's Wharf and Exploratorium. Visit Alcatraz Island and SS Jeremiah O'Brien for their historical value. There's lots more to do: buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, get a taste of the local shopping with Union Square, and steep yourself in history at City Lights Booksellers & Publishers.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Los Angeles to San Francisco in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Los Angeles in October; daily highs in San Francisco reach 26°C and lows reach 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods Museums Historic Sites
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Fisherman's Wharf
Fisherman's Wharf
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

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