The Alcatraz Island

November 15, 2017
Category: Tourist Attractions

With lots of attractions, world-class restaurants, and an abundance of great entertainment, San Francisco is a destination that draws tourists from around the world. While visiting San Francisco, be sure to visit iconic Alcatraz Island.

Alcatraz Island is located in the heart of the San Francisco Bay. This small island was initially developed and equipped with facilities to become the site of the first lighthouse and a Civil War military fort on the west coast. From 1934 Alcatraz was occupied by various tribes of Native Americans for more than 19 months.

In 1972, this small island became a National Historic Landmark. Alcatraz Island is open to tourists all year round. Some Indigenous American groups also hold ceremonies on this Island.

In 2011, the National Park Service began some significant reconstructions on the Island including the installation of solar panels on the cell house roof and lots more to make for a better environment.

Behind the Scenes Tour

Alcatraz is best known for being an inescapable federal prison that housed some of the most infamous criminals in history. Now visitors can experience areas that have previously been off limits with a strenuous 5-hour tour that begins with a Ranger guided adventure that unveils the islands underground jail, gardens, and hidden doorways. The journey continues with an audio ‘at-your-own-pace’ tour that allows you access to solitary confinement cells, real-life insider stories, and testimonials from the staff that lived and worked on the island.

Evening Tours

The night tour is a unique program that is limited to a smaller crowd, of a few hundred visitors per evening. The tour includes access to previously off-limits areas and activities that are not offered during the day. This tour provides a rich history of Alcatraz and beautiful sunset views of the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco. You can learn more about the available tours and pricing by visiting

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