Northern California June 03, 2016
Here Are 6 Islands In Northern California That Are An Absolute Must Visit
When you think of islands, do you think of Northern California? You should. Hawaii isn’t the only state with islands. My guess is that you’ve probably been on more islands in our part of the state than you know. Some are pretty obvious, but there are a few in our list below that you might find surprising.
1. Treasure Island
This island is man made; it was built in 1936-1937 for the Golden Gate Exposition. There's a historical naval station there. Hollywood has used one of the island hangers and the island itself for quite a few movies: Indiana Jones, The Matrix, The Pursuit of Happyness...to name just a few!
Named by the first Spaniard in 1775 "La Isla de los Alcatraces," which translated is "The Island of the Pelicans." Most noted for the prison that held famous folks like the Birdman of Alcatraz and Al Capone. This federal prison began housing prisoners in 1934. It wasn't until 1963 that Robert Kennedy had the prison closed.
3. Marin Islands
These two islands are named East Marin and West Marin Islands. There's a national wildlife refuge to many types of egrets and more. At 85 feet above sea level, you need formal permission to step on these grounds.
The name is Spanish for "grove of poplar trees" or "tree-lined avenue," which is fitting because this island is a city with a boatload of charm and filled with many Victorian houses. Many of these historical homes were brought over from San Francisco on barges after the 1906 earthquake. This island is home to over 79,000 people.
5. Angel Island
Located in the San Francisco Bay, this island has a lot of history tied to it. Now a historical landmark, this was called the "Ellis Island of the West." Over one million immigrants came to America by way of this island between 1910 and 1940.
6. Hog Island
Hog Island is believed to have gotten its name in 1870 when a barge carrying pigs caught fire and was grounded on the island. By the time the ship was fixed and the pigs were rounded up, the name stuck.
Okay, so we can’t visit ALL of these, but we have more than enough coastline to watch the islands from the beach with a cold drink in our hands, right? Which island is your favorite?