Angel Island State Park
Angel Island State Park is situated in the San Francisco Bay and provides an abundance of outdoor activities for anyone willing to trek across the water. Before the government converted the storied island into a park, it served as a hunting location, a cattle ranch, an immigration station and even a missile base.
Past visitors suggest taking the tram tours to get a feel for the island. Tickets for the tour cost $15.50 for adults, $14 for seniors 65 and older and $10 for children 12 and younger. They can be purchased on the Angel Island Company’s website. Recent travelers also say visitors should allot extra time to hiking the roughly 6-mile perimeter loop, which offers excellent views of the water and is relatively easy.
The only way for travelers to access the island is via private boat or public ferry. Tickets for the public ferry can be purchased in advance from the Blue and Gold Fleet website. One-way tickets cost $9.75 for adults, $5.50 for children age 5 to 11 and for seniors age 65 and up. Keep in mind that you must purchase an additional one-way ticket to return from the island. Angel Island State Park is open daily from 8 a.m. to sunset. For additional info, check out the California state parks website.