Need a little break from the city scene of San Francisco? Take a ferry, boat or kayak to Angel Island. Angel Island is the biggest island in the San Francisco Bay and a state park. Once on the island, you can rent a bike and leisurely ride the 8 miles of nature trails, or the 5 mile Perimeter Road. Tram and segway tours are also offered on Angel Island. These informative and scenic tours last about an hour and are perfect for individuals and groups that visit. Hiking is another option to explore Angel Island. Those who choose to hike can climb to the top of Mount Livermore and gaze 360 degrees to the surrounding cityscapes. Angel Island also offers campsites, picnic areas with barbecues, and two small eateries for your enjoyment.
The history of Angel Island is just as rich as the landscape. From 1910 to 1940, Angel Island was known as the Ellis Island of the West because it hosted a U.S. immigration processing center. While on the island you can tour the facility, which is now a museum, and learn a little more about those who passed through this significant point.