A guide to accessing Angel Island, and why you should cross off the underrated Bay Area gem off your bucket list as soon as possible for a day of fitness fun.
Northern California has so much to offer, and those that call it home know that from wine country to Lake Tahoe, Big Sur to Mendocino, most are guaranteed to have a calendar booked up with weekend getaways. Because of this, attractions that are literally in close proximity to the city can be forgotten about. Attractions such as well know restaurants, museums and landmarks often only get visited by locals when they have family or friends visiting. For years, I had always wanted to spend a day exploring Angel Island, located right in the middle of San Francisco’s bay. Overshadowed by it’s sister island, Alcatraz, Angel Island may just be one of the most underrated destinations in the region.
On a beautiful day during San Francisco’s “Indian Summer”, we embarked on the ferry and headed to the small island for a day of adventure and fresh air. When we disembarked, we checked out the possibility of renting bikes, but the high price for day rentals lead us to continue on a hiking trail instead. The views from the trail provide stunning 360 degree views of San Francisco and the surrounding cities unlike you have ever seen before. A semi-challenging hike was worth it when we reached the peak. Sailboats and yachts adorned the bay, and the slight breeze made the hike completely bearable.
Once we completed the almost 6 mile round trip hike, lunch and refreshments were calling our name. Since we had a few hours to kill until the ferry would arrive to pick up the next group and head back towards San Francisco, we ate lunch and enjoyed the music from the local live band that was playing at the restaurant along the edge of the water.
To access Angel Island, you will need to take the Blue & Gold Ferry which departs at various times throughout the day. Choose your departing port, and make sure you make it to the departure location on time. For a roundtrip, you will need to buy 2 tickets per person, one for the way there, and one for the way back. Once you board the ferry, the ride is approximately 25 minutes. Don’t forget to bring sunscreen, water and definitely wear activewear with layers!
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