Alcatraz Island, San Francisco

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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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  • Be sure to book tickets in time. It was very exciting, super organized and a great conclusion for our San Francisco trip.
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  • I signed up for the "Escaping the Rock" ferry tour through my hotel because I couldn't get into the actual Alcatraz tour. It was a great experience and very interesting to hear about the history of al...  more »
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  • If you take the ferry you won't regret it. It's highly recommend to purchase your ticket in advanced. Once you get to the Island, take your time to explore the entire prison. I also suggest you take the audio tour, it's very interesting and informative. It will give you another perspective and insight. Taking the audio tour and walking around 90% of the island will take you about 2 hours.
  • Intriguing spot to visit. The sound visit is dynamite. Make certain to book tickets ahead of time. Ship ride is truly speedy. You can remain as long as you need and jump on any returning ship. Figure on going through around three hours all out.
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