The ferry for Angel Island departs from the heart of Fisherman's Wharf from Pier 41. Five minutes aboard and you realize, you've left the city behind and are headed to one of the Bay Area's best day trips.
For those who love a solid hike, there are easy and moderate trails that take you up and around the island for views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Sausalito, and Tiburon. There's also plenty for history buffs who want to learn more about the Ellis Island of the West.
Angel Island is accessible by ferry boat at Pier 41 in the Fisherman's Wharf District. With set departure times, usually morning and afternoon.
We recommend grabbing a quick bite at one of the hot dog stands located adjacent to the Pier; this was easy, fun and delicious. Plenty of nourishment that will sustain you for a 1-2 hour hike on Angels Island.
While on the ferry boat, grab a couple of coronas and sit on the top deck of the vessel. The wind can be mighty and a bit chilly, so bring a sweater or light jacket. Hold onto your hat!
Once you arrive, there is a dirt hiking trail to your left; don't linger, get right in there. It starts out a bit strenuous with 100 steps, then evens out to a moderate hike with winding paths, post card worthy views and seclusion a romantic memory.
Make sure to plan a time to turn back, so you don't miss the last ferry to San Francisco!