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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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  • Technically we’re a family with adult children, not teens. :) Everyone found this interesting and we lucked out and arrived at a time when a Park Ranger was going to do a bit of a tour. Also, some.....  more
    Technically we’re a family with adult children, not teens. :) Everyone found this interesting and we lucked out and arrived at a time when a Park Ranger was going to do a bit of a tour. Also, some.....  more »
  • We spent a good 2 hours on Alcatraz. You can set your mind and go back to the days when this prison was operation. Very interesting and I think quite sad at the same time. make sure you take lots of.....  more
    We spent a good 2 hours on Alcatraz. You can set your mind and go back to the days when this prison was operation. Very interesting and I think quite sad at the same time. make sure you take lots of.....  more »
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  • Bring your headphones with you! They do not provide any.
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