Angel Island is a fascinating location. The U.S. Immigration Station located on Angel Island was considered the “Ellis Island of the West” from 1910-1940.
The station resulted from the passage of the Chinese Exclusion Act in 1882, “detaining immigrants for an average of two weeks while they endured interrogations, medical exams, and more for no reason sometimes other than their national origin.”
These days, the former immigration station houses a museum dedicated to “interpreting and making connections between the experiences of those who made the journey to America over 100 years ago and the continuing story of immigration in America today.”
In addition to the U.S. Immigration Station, Angel Island is a beautiful place to walk, hike and camp. Camping reservations are available on Reserve America. The only annoying part of Angel Island is getting there (and back) as you must rely on the Ferry Schedule.