Visit Alcatraz Island

Visit Alcatraz Island

In the middle of the San Francisco Bay, across from Fisherman’s Wharf, is the infamous Alcatraz Island. Once the prison for some of America's worst criminals, Alcatraz Island is now a museum open to tourists to visit on their California holiday Visiting Alcatraz Island whilst in San Francisco is a must: from Fisherman's Wharf you catch the ferry across the San Francisco Bay to Alcatraz Island. One of the best ways to see Alcatraz Island is the self-guided "Doing Time" Digital Audio Tour that guides you around the Island and the prison, offering you interesting and insightful information about both the prison, the guards, the prisoners, and the history of the Island itself. 

Throughout Alcatraz Island you'll find historic memorabilia dedicated to highlighting life on The Rock (as Alcatraz Island is otherwise known as) – highlights include restored cell furnishings, actual prisoner artifacts, and historic artwork and photographs depicting daily life within Alcatraz. From outside of the prison itself you will also be treated to amazing views back across the Bay to San Francisco, Fisherman's Wharf and also the Golden Gate Bridge. Though today visiting Alcatraz Island is a fantastic addition to a San Francisco itinerary, for many over the years visiting Alcatraz has been a deathly experience; Alcatraz Island holds this aura and is a haunting, but at the same time fascinating, experience and something not to be missed whilst on your San Francisco holiday.

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