Alcatraz was once a prison for some of America's most dangerous criminals. Today, it is part of the National Park Service and is considered a must-see for visitors to San Francisco. The island tour is captivating for its history and beauty. Dress warmly even in summer because the island can be breezy and the prison is cold and damp. Ferries to Alcatraz depart from Pier 33.
SS Jeremiah O'Brien-National Liberty Ship Memorial
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Fisherman's Wharf, an Ihg Hotel
Hyatt Centric Fisherman's Wharf San Francisco
You’ve probably heard of Alcatraz, the famous penitentiary that housed all sorts of mobsters, gangsters and ne’er-do-wells.
But did you know that you can actually tour the now-closed cell blocks?
They’re some of the top things to see in California, and they’ll provide an incredible experience for people traveling to the Golden State.
The first thing that you’ll need to do is hop on a ferry in San Francisco and ride out to the island.
Once you’re ashore, you’re free to roam the land and check out all of the tourist attractions as you see fit.
The prison is the biggest draw, of course, and there are audio tours of the facility available in multiple languages.
But you can also explore the local lighthouse or the abandoned military fortresses of the island.
There are even collections of rock pools and rare migratory birds for nature lovers.
There is a small island 3 km from Fishermans Wharf, which used to be a federal government prison. From 1934 to 1963, it was the place where criminals, bank robbers, and prisoners were imprisoned. Many famous criminals such as Al Capone, machine gun Kelly (George Celino Barnes) and birdman Robert Stroud have all been closed here. Although Alcatraz prison claimed that criminals had never escaped successfully, three people had escaped because they needed to cross the waters with many undercurrents and sharks, so no one knew if they had survived. All the windows of Alcatraz Island Prison are not facing San Francisco. On Thanksgiving Day, the joy of the city hits the reef and then passes through the window to the prison. Many prisoners can't stand this mental torture. There are a lot of film sources or shots here, such as "Dragonfly Island".
1. Book tickets at least two weeks in advance. When you go to jail, you will get a device with audio guides and Chinese service. There is no parking space at
2.33, there is a fisherman's wharf nearby, but it is difficult to find and there is a limit of 2 hours. It is not enough to visit Alcatraz time. If you drive to at least 45 minutes
3. There is a steep uphill road from the pier to the cell. It usually costs 2-3 hours
4 on the island. There is no food except the water on the island. Only the ferry terminal allows picnics.
The understanding of Alcatraz Island comes from a Hollywood movie, "The Brave Island." At the end of the film, Nicholas shouted at the fighters who came to the rescue. I have dreamed of this scene countless times. So I deliberately came to this place and chose to pay tribute to the idol in the same way.
Alcatraz Island, also known as Akats Island, is located in the middle of the San Francisco Bay, less than two miles from Fishermans Wharf. It has been used by the US government as a federal prison, and has held many well-known heavy criminals, including "Capricorn Comet" Al Capone and "Acates Island Bird Man" Robert Stroud.
Walking in the prison, the dim light in the cell contrasts sharply with the bright sunshine outside the window, which is frightening.
Only when you experience the life of a prisoner on the island can you truly understand the value of freedom.
Life is still ordinary, but looking at the seabirds flying freely in the sky, I feel cherished in front of me, after all, freedom is priceless.