Visiting Angel Island

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I had a little Bay Area staycation recently and took the opportunity to visit one of the places that has been on my to do list for many years: Angel Island.

I highly recommend it.

Don’t wait 9 years of living in the Bay Area like I did. Apparently it’s not unusual for local residents to have never visited Angel Island. You take the ferry from the Ferry Building or Pier 41 for $18 and it’s a beautiful ride across the bay.

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The entire island is a state park. Known for its historical landmarks such as an Immigration Monument, old army barracks and a nuclear weapon site, I personally found the beauty of being on land with few cars in the middle of the San Francisco Bay way more interesting and worth paying attention to.

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The Immigration monument is an important and complicated part of history though; the island saw 1 million people pass through and sometimes be held on the island for 2 years on before they would be admitted to the mainland.

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I took my bike on the ferry and bicycled the 5 mile loop around the island. The views were truly gorgeous. Next time I want to go with friends and hang out on one of the beaches. We would likely have it all to ourselves or share it with it just a few people.

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