Alcatraz

Highly recommended
The world's most famous penitentiary, accessible up a steep path, in San Francisco Bay is shrouded in legend and mystery. Measuring over 10 sq. acres, the island is less than 2mi from the mainland, but the freezing currents made escape virtually impossible. The visit includes a tour of the cells, where you get a feel for the grim atmosphere, the island and the gardens created by the inmates. A film documentary explains life in the penitentiary.

Useful information

Address:

Pier 33, Alcatraz Landing, 94133 San Francisco

Opening hours

every 30min on average: departures 8.45am-3.50pm (2.15pm end Oct-Apr), returns 9.55am-6.30pm; 2 departures at 5.55pm and 6.30pm for night cruises, return at 8.40pm and 9.25pm. $30 (day tours with audioguide), $37 (night tours with guide). In high season, book well in advance. Wear warm clothes and good shoes. Combined Alcatraz-Angel Island tours, telephone for timetable ($63.50)

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