Tour the infamous former maximum-security penitentiary on Alcatraz Island. Nicknamed The Rock, this small island in the San Francisco Bay is now a national park. After taking a ferry to the island, follow the audio guide, available in ten languages. You'll go through the inside of the old prison's facilities, which include a lighthouse, military fortifications, and cellblocks. Though long considered escape-proof, the prison suffered an irreparable blow to its reputation in 1962, when three inmates mysteriously disappeared using a makeshift raft. Explore the protected recreation area with a park ranger, who can enhance your visit with little-known information about the island's current inhabitants: the black-crested night herons and western gulls. Using our custom trip planner, San Francisco attractions like Alcatraz Island can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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Great tour. Narrated tour on the ferry over. Once on the island you take a recorded guided tour. You wear a headset and follow along. I was skeptical but this was great! So informative. Modern day.... more »
I think the history and stories behind this place as far more interesting places self. Have to really get into the folklore when you're standing in a cold damp dilapidated cement building. The... more »
Alcatraz Island, San fransisco, USA
Decent! I did not like the treatment by the cops there though, even if I did commit 42 war crimes. I still feel like the food service there was kinda awful, and would definitely not want to escape it again.
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