Angel Island State Park: Beautiful Scenery, Important History
Located on the largest island in San Francisco Bay, Angel Island State Park offers an important glimpse into the history of immigration in the United States. Functioning as the West Coast sibling to Ellis Island, Angel Island was the port of entry for immigrants crossing the Pacific Ocean during the early decades of the twentieth century. Chinese inscriptions can be found carved into the walls of the Immigration Station, created by immigrants who were detained and unable to join their families.
Today, natural greenery has taken over much of the island surrounding the Immigration Station, and visitors gush over the island's natural beauty. A five-mile walking loop allows you to explore the entire island and catch spectacular views of the fog rolling in over the bay, obscuring the city. The park permits camping, picnicking, and hiking. You can explore the park using a printed brochure or via one of the new CalParks mobile apps.