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  • Angel Island State ParkPro 2014
    Daniel L.
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    5 Jun 25, 2014

    Although you may need to plan ahead to get a ferry ticket, Angel Island is worth the effort. Stunning views of the bay. Explore the nature and history the island offers. There is a small beach with picnic areas near the harbor, or venture out on a hike or bike ride either over or around the island. Enjoy!

    Recommended for:Family TravelersHistory BuffsLocal CultureOutdoor Enthusiasts
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  • Angel Island State ParkPro 2014
    Eric Brink
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    5 Apr 25, 2014

    I have visited Angel Island via Ferry and Sail Boat. I think it's more enjoyable to get there from Tiburon (which has it's own set of activities on either end of the trip).

    Amazing views, good hiking and historical perspective abound. Food service is limited which is another reason to plan a picnic and enjoy the peacefullness of this place.

    Less touristy and crowded than the Alcatraz option, although both have interesting history and the views.

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  • Angel Island State ParkPro 2014
    Nomadic by Nature
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    4 Mar 25, 2014

    Take the day trip out here on the ferry. They leave mid-morning and cruise you right over. Bring walking shoes, something tasty to drink, and a picnic, and hike around to the side of the island facing the city. You will be rewarded with the most spectacular views of downtown, and there are a couple little beaches where you can post up and enjoy the sun. There are also some historical buildings to investigate from its days as an immigration check point. It is a great day out for a change of pace.

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    Waqar Rizvi
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    4 Mar 14, 2014

    Fantastic day hike from the SF area. Ferries leave to Angel Island from Tiburon. Once you are at the island, you can bike or hike all the way to the top to get amazing views of the city and the bay!

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  • Angel Island State Park
    Morgan Lesli
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    4 Nov 14, 2013

    The island was home to military bases and has quite a bit of interesting history about it. It is a great to visit for the beautiful scenery and quiet surroundings.

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  • Angel Island State Park
    Phyth
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    5 Nov 04, 2013

    A beautiful little island just off the coast of Tiburon in Marin County. The ferry from San Francisco takes 30 mins to an hour. A great place for a day trip, you can also apply for camping spots. Know though that these are hard to come by!

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  • Angel Island State Park
    Katie Worth
    4 Oct 25, 2013

    This is a beautiful place to camp - and you can get there on public transportation! We took a ferry from the city, hiked a couple miles to the other side of the island, and set up camp. It was terrific to feel like you are in the middle of the wilderness, but also within site of the San Francisco and Oakland skylines.

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  • Angel Island State Park
    Barbara Kossy
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    5 Oct 15, 2013

    My favorite way to get to Angel Island is by kayak. Book a trip with Sea Trek in Sausalito. Or head to Tiburon and take the ferry. Once you're there walk or bike the circumference trail for fantastic views of the bay. If you plan ahead you can reserve a campground.

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  • Angel Island State Park
    Chandra Murphy
    5 Sep 13, 2013

    Great place to take a day trip. The views of the city are stunning from that vantage point. You can bring your bike or rent one there. Make sure the kids have helmets, though, or you will get cited by the rangers. Many old buildings to explore on this historic island.

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  • Angel Island State ParkPro 2014
    Sara Benson
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    4 May 20, 2014

    Getting to Angel Island requires hopping a ferry from either San Francisco or Tiburon. You'll want to bring along a mountain bike if you want to see the entire island in a day, or plan on hoofing it and camping overnight in the state park.

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  • Angel Island State Park
    Max Perez
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    4 Jun 23, 2013

    This is a classic bay are destination for sailing. It's nice to get off the boat, have some oysters or snack food, take a walk, and look around at the historical artifacts. I think there is a geocache somewhere on the island...

    The mooring field is fore-and-aft, which can be a little tricky, but is very secure.

    Dont forget to pay your fees if you dock/moor here.

    Recommended for:History Buffs
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  • Angel Island State Park
    Mark & Judi S
    3 May 30, 2013

    For a fun day, take the ferry from Tiburon to Angel Island. Rent a bike or hike the trails. The island has an interesting history and great views of The City.

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  • Angel Island State Park
    Leslie G
    5 Apr 25, 2013

    One of my favorites! Catch a ferry and spend a day hiking the beautiful island and enjoying a mid-day picnic.

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  • Angel Island State Park
    Koji Kawano
    4 Oct 11, 2012

    Fantastic place for a morning or afternoon trip. You can hike up to top of the island and have a sweeping 360 degree view of the bay. There is a small cafe but you might want to pack a lunch or snack if you plan to spend more than a few hours.

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  • Angel Island State Park
    Dana Oshiro
    5 Jul 27, 2012

    This is a bit packed on the weekends, but if you can take the ferry across on Fri evening and camp it's amazing. There are very few campsites on the island, the last ferry leaves around 4pm and then the store closes. Stock up on beer and supplies and hike or bike them into your camp. There are tons of deer and spooky old buildings to check out when the daytime people leave. You can actually even cater an event here too. Biking around is also super easy. http://www.angelisland.com/

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  • Angel Island State Park
    Matt Sokoloff
    5 Jul 20, 2012

    This place is amazing. You should visit and go camping. A couple of the camp sites have great views of San Fran. It's about a 3 mile hike to the camp site. Watch the sun set and the fog roll in and enjoy a peaceful evening wondering the island. We didn't see anyone else on the island when we were there. You can rent camping gear if need be from REI. This is a must do!

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  • Angel Island State Park
    Geng Wang
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    3 Jul 05, 2012

    I went here as a kid on a field trip. It was a lot of history for someone at my age back then and I would probably appreciate it more now if I were to go back. The tour we were on was really informative and it was a good look into the island that a lot of Chinese immigrants were kept at.

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  • Angel Island State Park
    Shannon Hetrick
    4 Jul 04, 2012

    In the middle of the bay, it's an amazing island that you can hike or bike. Make sure to hike to the highest peak as the view on a clear day is spectacular!

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  • Angel Island State ParkPro 2014
    Jason Flegel
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    4 Jul 04, 2012

    Bring your bike (or rent one on the island) and take a cycle around the perimeter road. Not only are there awesome abandoned buildings (they're not all completely abandoned though-- no trespassing), a reminder of the island's history, but the views of the city are spectacular.

    Be sure to catch the ferry back at the end of the day. I wouldn't want to get stuck there!

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  • Angel Island State Park
    Michal
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    5 Jul 04, 2012

    Angel island is great for a one day trip. You can rent bikes, and go around the island. The view of the city is amazing!

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Once the Ellis Island of the west coast, Angel Island is now a beautiful state park. Catch a boat from the Ferry Building in San Francisco (or Tiburon/Sausalito). Hiking and biking are the popular activities on Angel Island; you can bring your own bike or rent one on the island. Make sure to get there early in the day if you plan to rent; a nice weekend can see the rental companies fresh out of ... read more
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