Angel Island State Park, San Francisco

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The second largest island in San Francisco Bay, Angel Island State Park was once an immigration point and a quarantine island. Take a public ferry or private boats from the city to the island, where you can capture photos of the city across the bay. Along with biking and hiking trails, the park is home to the Angel Island Immigration Station, which operated from 1910 to 1940. The military used the island in the 19th century, when the entire island was known as Fort McDowell, the East Garrison. To visit Angel Island State Park and other attractions in San Francisco, use our San Francisco online trip itinerary maker .
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  • We took the first Ferry from larkspur the ferry’s also depart from San Francisco’. There is a paved road that goes around the island. There are tram tours you can take around the island.There are sign...  more »
  • We were recommended by friends to visit. We can see the whole city from here. The views were exceptional! It's also worth walking around!  more »
  • The ferry takes you to the island and you get to see all of San Francisco as you sail by! The park itself is beautiful. There is a tour that takes you all over the park, with stops, so you get to take...  more »
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  • This is a must stop place if you're wanting a spectacular view!!You can see everything from the Golden Gate Bridge, to the SF skyline, to treasure island, to Alcatraz, to the Oakland and Berkeley skylines. I don't think. It is well worth the moderate hike up!!
  • Camping on Angel Island is a must on the bucket list. Take the effort to book a campsite six months in advance. Awesome views of East Bay and SF all around, a surreal escape from the city jungle. A night hike up to MT. Livermore will be rewarded with stars and city lights.
  • Had a camp site on the East Bay site #3 for the night. Highly recommend. More protection from the ocean wind and great views of East Bay and part of downtown SF. There is a faint beep from a buoy on that side but you come to ignore it after a while. Lots of deer, turkey vultures, red tailed hawks, and the occasional raccoon at night. Keep food in the lock box as the raccoons are brave. The hikes are really easy and surprisingly quick to get around. Mount Livermore is beautiful with 360 degree views. The map is pretty spot on and the park rangers are all super friendly. It's a must for everyone, whether you live in the city or not. Book your campsite 6 months in advance to beat the rush!
  • Educational tour, scenery is espectacular. Food was great as well they have restaurant in island, enough time to eat before heading back to SF.
  • Angel Island is a wonderful place to visit. I recommend taking the earliest ferry available to be one of the first in the island. Blue and Gold Fleet offers a 9:45am departure that gets you there around 10:15am. It will take about 2 hours to summit Mt. Livermore and return. On weekdays there is a Ferry that leaves the island at 1:50pm and another at 3:40pm. The weekend is less ideal with 12:30pm and 4:15pm ferry pick-ups from the island. It makes perfect sense to stay longer if you’ve brought a lunch or plant to eat at the cantina (seasonally open). Return ferries also take a bit longer (usually) as they often stop in Tiburon and Sausalito. Bring a bike to Angel Island is a great way to squeeze in a visit to the entire island if you plan to make it a single day trip. They also let bikes board the ferry first, so you’ll have your pick of the best seating! The island itself is breathtaking and has quite possibly the best views of the bay that are possible from land.
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