Get your open-water fix, fast and cheap, from an all-day ferry trip amid breaching orcas to a 10-minute ride on California's last family-owned operation
Onboard: We like the Angel Island–Tiburon Ferry, California’s last family-owned ferry operation, to this popular state park. Captain Maggie McDonogh, whose family has provided passage here since 1959, may point out harbor porpoises along the way.
On land: Hike or bike, or visit the renovated Immigration Station museum. Then do what, historically, hasn’t been possible on the island: Eat good food, like the pulled pork at the Cove Cafe, or Hog Island Oysters (pictured) at the Cantina & Oyster Bar. $14;