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San Francisco - 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.


Michael Whritenour

Monday, April 9, 2018
I only came here as a way to get to Alcatraz because the direct tickets for that were sold out. I am glad to have made it here. Second to Alcatraz and possibly the bridge as well, it was the highlight to my visit to San Francisco. We only had time to do the tram tour...I would recommend spending more time if possible. I wish we had the time to actually hike around the area and visit some of the older structures on the island.

Joshua Lutz

Tuesday, March 27, 2018
A beautiful place to spend a Saturday. The 360 degree views from the top of the island are absolutely stunning. The hike is moderately difficult, but so rewarding.

Marilyn Wheatley

Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Amazing location for making and camping. The views are beautiful 360' and the hiking is just right. When the last ferry leaves the island is magic.

Chuck Marcelin

Sunday, March 11, 2018
Amazing views and good hiking. Biking is fun too but some hills are hard to climb. The ferry schedule is the only reason this wasn't a 5 for me, we were waiting for over an hour after renting bikes because the island shops close at 3, but the last ferry our is after 4


Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017
Nice place to go hiking on a sunny day. It has a long paved bike trail around the island and hiking trails laced across the island. There are great views of SF, the Bay bridge, and the golden-gate bridge. We went camping here in camp site four and had a great weekend hanging out on the island. The views from the camp site were great and it was a large campsite with a bear box. Taking the ferry from SF was easy and made for a much nicer way to get somewhere to hike than driving. There was lots of historical information at the different stops and landmarks. These included the immigration center, a bunch of batteries where guns used to be, a Nike missile station, and some old military bases. They have some of the buildings open to be toured on specific days, but not until 2018.

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