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Alcatraz Island, San Francisco

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Must see · Island · National Park
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 had a wonderful time visiting Alcatraz and seeing the history being maintained on the island. Definitely wear comfortable shoes on this trip, the walk up to the barracks is long and steep!  more »
  • Fantastic and very interesting. Self tour was very nice could go at your own pace and pause if you wanted too spend more time looking at something. The narrators were actual former guards and...  more »
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  • 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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