Win a Trip to Wine Country for 4

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Upload a photo that shows that you are truly a Wine Lover to win a semi-customizable, luxury wine tour for 4 to Napa and Sonoma.  On the tour, your group will receive free wine tastings at Mayo Family Winery, Madonna Estate, and Cline Cellars.

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10 Can’t Miss San Francisco Events

Radiohead performing at Outside Lands Photo by Arnold Gatilao via Flickr

Radiohead performing at Outside Lands Photo by Arnold Gatilao via Flickr

San Francisco is a city known for encouraging self expression and celebrates this throughout the year.  From street fairs, festivals, parades and everything in between, the city takes every opportunity possible to throw a great party.  Although there are outdoor parties and events all year long, many of the local favorites take place April-October.  To help prepare you for the “festival season” we have prepared a list of some of our favorite can’t miss San Francisco festivals and events for the Extranomical Blog. 

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Half Dome Permit Lottery is Now Open

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If you have ever contemplated taking the 10-12 hour hike to the top of Half Dome in Yosemite National Park, maybe this summer is the time to make it happen!  However, if you are interested in hiking to the top of Half Dome you will need to obtain a permit to use the cables to hike to the top.  300 hikers are granted permits to ascend to the top via the cables secured to the backside of half dome.  This number accommodates approximately 225 day hikers and 75 backpackers.  If you are interested in obtaining a permit through the preseason lottery, you can fill out an application here.

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Mayo Family Winery – Reserve Room

Food and Wine Pairing

The Reserve Room

Mayo Family Winery is an Extranomical favorite when visiting Sonoma Valley wine country.  A stop at Mayo is generally offered on our Wine Country and Redwoods Escape tour and an optional stop on our Wine Lover’s semi-customizable tour to Napa & Sonoma.  In addition to sampling some of the delicious wine offerings from this highly recommended winery, Mayo also offers a food and wine pairing in their Reserve Room.  Each pairing is thoughtfully created by Chef Clayton Lewis and will leave you more than satisfied.

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Tips for a Rainy Day in San Francisco

Photo by Bark via Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/barkbud/

Photo by Bark via Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/barkbud/

Although it has been a very dry winter, the forecast over the next week shows that there is a high chance of continuous rain here in San Francisco.  Due to the rainy weather it is very probable that many San Francisco residents and visitors will have to change their weekend plans.  However, moving your plans indoors does not necessarily mean that they are ruined.  Here is our guide to having a perfect rainy San Francisco weekend.

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The Perfect Trip to Los Angeles

Photo by Kyle Monahan via Flickr

Photo by Kyle Monahan via Flickr

Los Angeles  contains some of Southern California’s greatest beaches and most recognizable sites.  However, since the city stretches 503 square miles and has a population of over 3.8 million, some may find it difficult to start planning an itinerary for a trip to LA.  Here is a list of some of our favorite highlights and tours that will help you plan the perfect vacation.

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5 Must See Locations Near Las Vegas

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When traveling to the southwestern part of the United States, Las Vegas is usually on the top of people’s list of places to visit.  However, there is much more to Nevada and the surrounding southwestern states than the vast array of nightlife, shows, and neon lights the Las Vegas Strip has to offer.  The surrounding area provides some of the nation’s most awe-inspiring geological phenomenons and exceedingly beautiful national parks.  Although a trip to the Las Vegas Strip is highly recommended, here is a list of our top destination to visit on your Vegas trip.

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Extranomical Guide to Setting Your 2014 Travel Resolution

As 2013 is quickly coming to an end, it is now time to start setting goals for the New Year.  Many choose goals based on health and fitness, but maybe it is time to start setting goals that will take you to places you have never been before.  Although it is always easy to make excuses, here is a guide to help you plan an achievable travel goal for 2014.

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Backpacker’s Journal – Peru (Salkantay Trek) – Volume #2

Machu Picchu.  Photo by Josh Webber

Machu Picchu. 

It was around 530am and we were waiting patiently in the lobby of our hostel in Cusco, Peru.  As we saw the bright lights of a van lighten up the dark alleyway at the front entrance we threw our backpacks on and headed out into the brisk air of the still sleeping city.  We boarded the van consisting of about 10 other half-asleep travelers from around the world and quickly fell back asleep.

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