Alcatraz Island – San Francisco
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Alcatraz Island is a must-see attraction for visitors to the San Francisco Bay Area. The island is best known as one of the most famous prisons in history for holding infamous criminals such as Al Capone, Robert Franklin Stroud and Alvin Karpis.
The federal prison was closed in 1963 due to the tremendous expense and security concerns and was reopened to the public, increasing the city’s popularity and has proved to be a far more profitable option.
This historic island has many attractions and also boasts a National History Museum, nature reserve and a lighthouse. It first operated as a lighthouse, then as a military fortification, and was later utilized as a military and federal prison. Today it is a national recreation area and one of the most popular attractions for visitors to the San Francisco Bay Area. The island has received a lot of publicity over the years and has been featured in many books, movies, comics, games and TV shows.
The island, or as it is locally known as “The Rock”, is easily accessible by ferry ride from Pier 33, which is situated near Fisherman’s Wharf. There are various tour options to visit Alcatraz and these all allow visitors to experience the beautiful views of the San Francisco coastline and to get a feel for the island’s rich history.
For more information about Alcatraz, look at www.alcatrazhistory.com