It's hard to imagine the solitude of Angel Island while amid the swarms of Fisherman's Wharf. The lack of crowds give an inkling to the solitude that many immigrants must have felt. What a special place! The immigration station was only one part of the island experience - we recommend paying the extra 2 bucks for the guided tour. The beauty, military history and hiking make up the rest. There are 4 ways to "do" Angel Island. There's the tram - which allows for minimal opportunities for individual exploration. However, this is a "must" for people with limited mobility. I had imagined that we would get off at the docks where the immigrants landed. Not the case - it was about a mile walk (much of it uphill) to the museum. You could decide to do it by bike. This is a good option. We poo poo'ed it because we didn't think the 5 mile perimeter would be worth it. However, the island is quite hilly, so would be an appropriate challenge. You could do a segway tour - don't know about how that would be. OR, you could just walk/hike. That's what we did. We thought we would just stay a couple of hours, but we enjoyed exploring so much that we took the first ferry over and the last one off the island. We managed to walk half the perimeter road, then up and over Mt. Livermore to get back to the ferry dock. The views were gorgeous! We were looking for something different to do for the morning, but this turned out to be a highlight of our vacation.
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