Type: Day Trips, Outdoor Activities, Parks
One of the great things about San Francisco is its treasure-filled bay. Angel Island, only a short ferry ride from San Francisco, Tiburon or Vallejo, is perfect for either a short or long excursion. Bring a picnic lunch and idle the time away amid cool breezes and great views. If you feel ambitious, Mount Livermore, the island's 781-foot anchor, provides plenty of opportunities for hiking, beginning with a five-mile perimeter trail. From April to October, enjoy the Cove Cafe, and rent a bike to get around more easily. Camping is available, too, but the sites fill up quickly, so book early.
Golden Gate National Recreation Area
Tiburon, CA 94920
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Sightseeing, Family-Friendly Museums: "If you're up for a short ferry ride, this is a fantastic park."
Best for Sightseeing Because: Angel Island offers fantastic views of the bay and a fascinating history of California.
Best for Family-Friendly Museums Because: Angel Island offers a fun ferry ride, a lot of space to run around, and an engaging cultural education for the whole family.