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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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  • Ferry ride to and from Alcatraz was great. Wear your comfortable shoes since you'll be climbing quite a bit of inclines. The history goes beyond the Prison everyone thinks of when they hear...  more »
  • This was one of the places our group wanted to visit during our trip, it is well worth it. The island offers several options for touring and there is a tram for people with mobility issues. The walk.....  more »
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  • Alcatraz Island, San fransisco, USA
  • 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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