Alcatraz Island Tour In San Francisco - The Wander Guide
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Alcatraz Island Tour In San Francisco

Alcatraz Island Tour In San Francisco - The Wander Guide

Alcatraz Island Tour in San Francisco

Alcatraz Island, also known as The Rock, is located in the San Francisco bay. Taking the tour of Alcatraz was one of my favorite experiences during my trip to San Francisco last fall. (You can view my San Francisco blog post here to read about my entire trip.) Alcatraz is formerly known for being a federal penitentiary, which is all I knew about it, and it is now part of the National Park Services.

Alcatraz Island Tour In San Francisco - The Wander Guide

The MOST important thing to know about touring Alcatraz Island is that you need a ticket. There are approximately one million visitors every year, so it’s best to buy your ticket as early as possible, especially if you want to take a night tour. I booked my ticket using AlcatrazCruises.com.

Alcatraz Island Tour In San Francisco - The Wander Guide

The tour starts at Pier 33, Alcatraz Landing, where a boat takes you to the island. The ride is fairly quick and offers nice skyline views of San Francisco.

Alcatraz Island Tour in San Francisco - The Wander Guide

A Park Ranger gave a quick history of The Island upon arrival. There are guided tours and audio tours but I opted to do my own thing. I’d suggest at least getting an audio tour in the main prison area.

Alcatraz Island Tour in San Francisco - The Wander Guide

Strolled along The Agave Trail first.

Alcatraz Island Tour in San Francisco - The Wander Guide

View of the main prison from The Agave Trail.

Alcatraz Island Tour in San Francisco - The Wander Guide

A bunch of cells in the main prison area.

Alcatraz Island Tour in San Francisco - The Wander Guide

Breakfast menu from 1963 – the year the prison closed.

Alcatraz Island Tour in San Francisco - The Wander Guide

Visiting Alcatraz means that you will be doing a good amount of walking. It was also pretty windy and a little colder than the city. Wear comfortable shoes and bring a jacket if needed.

Alcatraz Island Tour in San Francisco - The Wander Guide

I’d suggest allowing as much time as possible to visit Alcatraz. The boats run on a schedule, so you may have to wait to go to and from The Island. Also, it takes a while to walk around and see everything while you are there.

Alcatraz Island Tour in San Francisco - The Wander Guide

The Alcatraz Island tour in San Francisco is a unique and memorable experience. I’d recommend it to anyone visiting the area for the first time.

Visit the Alcatraz Island Website for more information.

Hannah

Hannah Bubp lives in Knoxville, TN with her husband, Kyle, and two dogs. They will be welcoming a new addition to the family, a baby girl, this October. She is a professional photographer who spends her free time writing, hiking, cooking, and exploring beautiful East Tennessee and beyond.

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