Author: Gary Lillian

Gary Lillian is an advisor to Extranomical Tours which has led more than 10,000 guided tours in Northern California in the last 10 years. He is a graduate of Northwestern University, holds a master's degree from Kellog Graduate School of Management, and is a recognized subject matter expert in marketing and customer experience engineering.
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Ultimate Guide to Wine Tasting in Sonoma County

Wine Country

When it comes to wine tasting, Sonoma is often called the “other” valley. However, Sonoma makes…

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Ultimate List of Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Things to Do

“Yosemite’s natural beauty cleans and warms like a fire. None can escape its charms.

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Top One-Day Trips from San Francisco

San Francisco

San Francisco is full of incredibly scenic, historic, unique, and awe-inspiring attractions manmade andnatural. No wonder…

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The 35 Best Free Things to Do in San Francisco

San Francisco

To stretch your vacation dollar, Extranomical’s Insider Guides have picked out 35 fun and free things…

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Napa vs Sonoma Wine Tasting | What’s the Difference?

Wine Country

Should you go to Napa or Sonoma for wine tasting? The debate over whether Sonoma Valley…

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8 of the Best Food Tours in San Francisco

San Francisco

Let’s get one thing straight—there is no ‘best’ food tour in San Francisco. This fabulous city…

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12 Most Instagrammable Spots in San Francisco

Travel

After some heated debate, here’s our list of the best photo spot in San Francisco: Down…

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Eight Best Self-Guided Audio Tours You Can Do from San Francisco

San Francisco

Road trips in California are trending. Unplanned detours to retro country stores, coastal panoramas, fresh fruit…

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Best San Francisco Bay Area Staycations Right Now

San Francisco

Greetings, fellow Northern Californians!  In normal times, people from all over the world would be flocking…

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10 San Francisco attractions that are truly Instagram-worthy

San Francisco

Contemplating the Lands End Labyrinth from above Mile Rock Beach There are many awesome coastal views…

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Finding and Tasting the Best Craft Beers in San Francisco

San Francisco

Bud Light isn’t always cutting it for many people anymore. Beer drinkers are experimenting and turning…

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Summer of Love Origins

San Francisco

The Summer of Love: North Beach Inspirations When I’m taking guests on…

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