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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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  • Well worth the trip over on the Alcatraz Ferry from Pier 33 (the only way to access the island). Staff were really helpful, cellhouse audio tour was very interesting, and there was much, much more... 
    Well worth the trip over on the Alcatraz Ferry from Pier 33 (the only way to access the island). Staff were really helpful, cellhouse audio tour was very interesting, and there was much, much more...  more »
  • Overall I think it's a little overrated. That said, I would still recommend visiting as it's so iconic and worthwhile. The audio tour, which is free, is well worth doing. It moves you through quick... 
    Overall I think it's a little overrated. That said, I would still recommend visiting as it's so iconic and worthwhile. The audio tour, which is free, is well worth doing. It moves you through quick...  more »
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  • Bring your headphones with you! They do not provide any.
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