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Plot your escape to one of the West's best islands--places so lovely you won't want your time there to end

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Angel Island, CA
Rob D. Brodman

Angel Island, CA

Smack in the middle of the San Francisco Bay, Angel Island  is a car-less hiker’s paradise, with knockout views of the city and the hills of Marin County. Once the last ferry leaves, the only people left are those who scored one of the island’s 11 campsites.

More: Insider guide to the San Francisco Bay Area

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