You can't escape....a life sentence of 360 degrees of beauty
It might be touristy, but the history of The Rock and the incredible view of The Bay Area is the reward. Only a mile from San Francisco offers a full range of views, Golden Gate Bridge, Sausalito, Angel Island, the waterfront and downtown SF, sailboats you name it you can see it. Just find a spot and take it in.....then go there!!
A major tourist attraction to this day, Alcatraz boasts a million visitors each year. It's clearly still worth the visit.
Stepping off the ferry, I immediately had a sense of the history this island holds. Heavily surrounded by fog and stared at by nesting seabirds, we made our way up to the prison, passing by infrastructure from crumbled buildings.
Once inside, you have the option of using the headphones for a self-guided audio tour. I highly recommend doing so. The stories the old prisoners and guards tell adds to the ambience and overall experience.
Explore the cells, see where the prisoners ate every day (pictured above), step outside and into the yard for a great view of San Francisco and feel the seclusion from the rest of the world.
Tickets are $30 per person and includes the audio tour. And don't forget to stop into the store and buy a piece of history! Proceeds go to the upkeep and preservation of Alcatraz.
Alcatraz was a maximum security prison located on an island in the San Francisco Bay about 1.5 miles from the shore. After you take the ferry out to the island, you can wander around on a self guided tour. The prison is still very well preserved and stills feels creepy. Learning that the families of the men who worked at the prison actually lived on the island was the most intriguing story. Book your tickets in advance because this tour sells out fast.