Head to Pier 41, skip the box office line and go straight to the gate to catch the morning ferry from San Francisco to Angel Island. Grab a seat inside or stroll the deck as the ferry crosses San Francisco Bay. Take in unobstructed views of the Golden Bridge, the Bay Bridge, and Alcatraz, with snacks and drinks available from the concession stand for purchase.
Disembark at Angel Island State Park and head out for an independent tour of the area’s natural highlights such as Mt Livermore or the Alcatraz Gardens. Opt to purchase a Segway or tram tour, or rent a scooter for zipping around the island. Whatever option you choose, you’ll see amazing views of the San Francisco skyline, the Marin County Headlands, and Mt Tamalpais. Depending on the weather, you may even get a glimpse of Napa and Sonoma.
The Angel Island adventure is yours to design, making it perfect for families, couples, or just a solo getaway. Whether you choose to head back to San Francisco evening ferry or camp overnight, don’t leave without learning a bit about this island’s profound role in Pacific immigration, or partaking in some fresh local oysters from the island’s restaurant.