• Alcatraz Island - San Francisco, California

      Photo by Dave Gomm
      It's been a military fort, a notorious federal prison, an encampment for Native American activists, and the backdrop for numerous Hollywood movies. And now Alcatraz Island is a national historic site and a prime tourist attraction in the San Francisco Bay. Upon landing, you're free to wander about the island on your own. You should allow 2 or 3 hours and be aware that the pathways can be a bit steep and strenuous -- or you can take a guided tour.

      If you go:
      No admission is charged for Alcatraz, but you'll have to pay for a private ferry service to deliver you to the island. The ferry service also offers a combination Alcatraz-Angel Island tour that you may want to consider. The closest parking lot to the ferry is at Francisco and Kearney. Be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes and be prepared for cool weather, even in summer.


      Alcatraz Cruises, LLC
      Pier 33
      Hornblower Alcatraz Landing
      San Francisco, California 94111 USA

      Mailing address:
      Alcatraz Island, National Park Service
      Golden Gate National Recreation Area
      Fort Mason, Building 201
      San Francisco, CA 94123 USA