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Segways Introduced on San Francisco’s Angel Island

Visitors to the picturesque Angel Island State Park on San Francisco Bay now have a new way to get around–on Segways.

The ingenious gyroscopic personal transport vehicles can now take visitors around the perimeter road, which is a hefty hike on foot.

The Segway tours are all guided, with nine riders to a guide.

Because Angel Island has a level, paved road, it is ideal for Segways.

Other options include walking, bicycling, or taking a narrated tram ride around the perimeter road. All three earlier modes have their fans.

The Segways are silent and pollute minimally, making them fitting components for the park.

If you are new to Segways, they can be a little unnerving. Primarily, there is a disbelief that the vehicle can somehow keep you upright. However, it can.

For more info, contact Angel Island State Park.

You get out to the island via a ferry from Tiburon. Ferries begin going out in the early morning and the last one returns at 4:30 in the afternoon. No visitors stay on the island overnight except for a few backpacking campers, who must make reservations in advance. Campers wake up to the glorious view of dawn over San Francisco and the Golden Gate.

When returning from Angel Island to Tiburon in late afternoon, consider pausing for a drink, dinner, and sunset on the outdoor decks of restaurants near the ferry launch. Guaymas for Mexican and Servino’s for Italian are good choices. If you want to overnight within walking distance of the ferry, consider The Lodge at Tiburon.

I plan to update my San Francisco and Marin coverages in the future with more Angel Island content. Ironically, both jurisdictions claim part of the island, based on how the county lines were drawn long ago.

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