We lived in San Francisco, and have been here several times since moving away, but we had never taken a trip to Angel Island. Grab a ferry, take along some food, and make the trip out to the island. The ride to and from is nice with great views all around including Alcatraz Island. There are hiking trails all over the island and a number of old historical sites including an old immigration center, and lots of former military installations including a former Nike missile site. There are several ferries to and from each day. We hiked the circumference of the island in about three hours. All along the trails there are fabulous views of the City, of the bridges and of Saucilito, Tiburon and Mt. Tam to the north. Once away from the visitor center we saw very few people. A really great place to hike just minutes from the bustle of San Francisco. There are also motorized tours for those less willing or able to hike, and there are bike trails as well.
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