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Angel Island State Park


Angel Island State Park, the largest natural island in the San Francisco Bay, offers some of the best views of the surrounding Bay Area. With great hiking trails and many other recreational opportunities readily available, Angel Island is truly a hidden gem in the midst of the urban Bay Area. 

Angel Island is truly a walk through time! Beginning with the earliest inhabitants, the Coast Miwok, Angel Island was a seasonal hunting and gathering location for the local native tribes, a safe refuge and supply stop for Spanish explorers like Juan Manuel de Ayala, one of the first to map the San Francisco Bay.


Julia Zhu

Wednesday, May 2, 2018
If you live in the city and like nature, this is definitely a must-see when you're looking for a weekend outing. It's super accessible by ferry. There's something for everyone here: you can hike up the island, walk around it on (mostly) flat road, take a shuttle tour, visit the historic immigration center, stop by the old military sites, BBQ at the park, or just chill on the beach. There's also a restaurant. I'm surprised by the number of people living in SF who haven't even heard of this place. Definitely give it a go. Really amazing views all around.

Jason Brauner

Friday, June 29, 2018
My wife and daughter and I recently went to Tiburon for lunch. We took a short walk and ended up on the Angel Island Ferry. It was an absolutely gorgeous day with an amazing 360 degree view. We got off at Angel Island and walked to the gift shop which had lots of souvenirs. We then walked over to the restaurant and outside bar area where a band was playing surf music. After that we walked to a visitor’s center with a lot of historical pictures and showcased a lighthouse lamp. Very educational. My daughter and I then took a hike to the top of the hill to see a spectacular view of the San Francisco Bay while my wife relaxed at one of the many picnic benches in the park area. I recommend getting there early to get on the tram that tours the island. We just missed the last one. Highly recommended going and make a day of it.

Nikolai Bashkirov

Monday, May 7, 2018
You can get there by Ferry from pier 41. There are several of them every day. Better to check schedule in advance. One way price is about $9.50. Ferry operated by Gold and Blue fleet. Island offers lots of things to do. You can go to the top and enjoy fascinating view of San Francisco, both Golden Gate and Bay Bridge bridges, Alcatraz and bay area surrounds. On the other hand is loop trail around the island which can take whole day. But it’s worth it. Fantastic views, awesome nature, singing birds, smelling flowers and some historical points to explore as a great bonus. Good idea will be to take something for a picnic on fresh air. Good luck and have wonderful time on Angel Island.

lewis beavon

Wednesday, May 30, 2018
Thoroughly recommend going here and hiking to the top of the trails, the views are some of the best of the bay. Allow for around 1h - 1h30 each way depending on fitness. Stopping for food and a drink at the bottom while waiting for the ferry was also good, food was acceptable prices and of high quality. Cold beer in the fridge once you get to the bottom is a plus.

Ellen Hibdon

Tuesday, June 12, 2018
It is hard to get it all in a day. There is a nice hike to the summit, plus a road to go all the way around and see the various historical sites. A lot of people go here for the immigration station memorial. It is a good bit of history to see how far we have com (and haven't). The views are also excellent, you can see the Golden Gate Bridge and the breathtaking panoramic perspective from the peak, also called Mount Livermore. I hope to go there again.

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