As one of San Francisco’s most notable sights, Alcatraz; a.k.a. “the rock”, can be seen from the shoreline of San Francisco Bay. Originally built as a Spanish Fort that guarded the waters of the city, the now-museum is one of the city’s most visited landmark.
Peek into the past of this once Civil War fortress and infamous federal prison, that held notorious criminals like Al Capone.
Today the island is a part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Site and is a perfect day trip for visitors staying in San Francisco. Take in a bit of history and explore the area’s rare birds, gardens, tide pools, and views of the bay you can only get from Alcatraz island.
Visit the National Park Service’s website for ticket and ferry information. Plan and purchase your tickets early to ensure a spot.
All Alcatraz island tours leave from and return to Pier 33, on The Embarcadero.