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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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  • We took a trip out to the Rock and was just amazed with the history we learned that day. A very imposing structure with a long history, that you don’t always know. 
    We took a trip out to the Rock and was just amazed with the history we learned that day. A very imposing structure with a long history, that you don’t always know.  more »
  • Alcatraz Day Tour is definitely worth a visit if in San Francisco. The history and stories of live at Alcatraz is interesting. 
    Alcatraz Day Tour is definitely worth a visit if in San Francisco. The history and stories of live at Alcatraz is interesting.  more »
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  • What an experience! Boat trip was fast. When I arrived on a Island it looks big and high, with a long hills to go up, guess what? It was fast, walking worthy to enjoy the view and and the prison, building around where the prison staff did live. There are a train to take you on a top. I didn't use guide, reading description was enough, and very instructive. We can go inside the cell and take a Pic, fun not fun, we can realize how small it is. Don't miss the Native American museum dedicated to protest and demands about the Island after prison was closed, end of prison on a top. Full of pictures, items, history, I learnt a lot. Walk down is fast. Ferry is fast back.
  • We booked in advance. There was a storyteller when we arrived, and we joined the tour. The boat ride was also stunning! So glad we did this tour!

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