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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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  • This is a lot of bang for your bucks! We took the early bird trip, first ferry of the day, and it was worth it as it doesn´t get too crowded. You´re walking along on your own, with complementary...  more »
  • Loved the history and tour of this place. It was pretty cold and windy the day we went but was worth it. Love the idea of being able to come back every 15  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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