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Holidays in Alcatraz Island

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Alcatraz Island showing island views and a coastal town

Home to the world’s most notorious prison, tour this famous landmark to understand why it gained its reputation as such a cold and unforgiving place.

Between 1934 and 1963 when the Alcatraz prison was still in service, the name uttered in any courtroom was enough to instil dread and fear into any person standing accused. Even viewed from a distance, the bleak island on the San Francisco skyline will send a shiver up your spine. During its time as a working prison, Alcatraz held some of the world’s most notorious criminals, including Al Capone, Robert Franklin Stroud (the Birdman of Alcatraz), George "Machine Gun" Kelly, Bumpy Johnson, Rafael Cancel Miranda (a member of the Puerto Rican Nationalist Party who attacked the United States Capitol building in 1954) Mickey Cohen, Arthur R. "Doc" Barker, James "Whitey" Bulger, and Alvin "Creepy" Karpis.

Alcatraz Island is located in the San Francisco Bay area, and is reached by a short 15-minute ferry trip. You can board the ferry at Pier 33, where there are several trips scheduled every day. Once on the island, you can enjoy a free tour of the facility with one of the National Park volunteers, or you can do your own thing. Tours of the island take you through cell blocks that were home to some of the most dangerous convicts in United States history. Many of the prisoners were transferred to Alcatraz after causing trouble in other prisons.

Alcatraz is also the site of the first lighthouse that was erected on the west coast of the United States, back in 1854, although the structure that exists today was actually a rebuild which took place in 1909.

Escape attempts from Alcatraz have taken on almost legendary status. In total, 36 people attempted to escape, and while most were captured or killed, the famous attempted escape that took place in 1962, and is the subject of the film Escape from Alcatraz, cannot be confirmed to have been unsuccessful, although the men involved are presumed to have died.

A day trip to Alcatraz can last until the last ferry of the day leaves at 4.25 p.m. It’s wise to book ferry tickets in advance as this is a popular attraction.

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Hotel Riu Plaza Fisherman's Wharf
Hotel Riu Plaza Fisherman's Wharf
4 out of 5
2500 Mason St, San Francisco, CA
The price is AU$224 per night from 1 Sep. to 1 Sep.
Located in North Beach, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Aquarium of the Bay, Pier 39 and Ghirardelli Square. Lombard Street and Alcatraz Island are ...
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Hotel Riu Plaza Fisherman's Wharf
Hilton San Francisco Financial District
Hilton San Francisco Financial District
4 out of 5
750 Kearny St, San Francisco, CA
The price is AU$227 per night from 9 Aug. to 9 Aug.
Located in Downtown San Francisco, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Ferry Building, Lombard Street and Pier 39. Oracle Park and Palace of Fine Arts are also ...
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Hotel Caza Fisherman’s Wharf
Hotel Caza Fisherman’s Wharf
4 out of 5
1300 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, CA
The price is AU$236 per night from 30 Aug. to 30 Aug.
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Hotel Riu Plaza Fisherman's Wharf
Hotel Riu Plaza Fisherman's Wharf
4 out of 5
2500 Mason St, San Francisco, CA
The price is AU$224 per night from 1 Sep. to 1 Sep.
Hotel Riu Plaza Fisherman's Wharf
Hilton San Francisco Financial District
Hilton San Francisco Financial District
4 out of 5
750 Kearny St, San Francisco, CA
The price is AU$227 per night from 9 Aug. to 9 Aug.
Hilton San Francisco Financial District
Hotel Caza Fisherman’s Wharf
Hotel Caza Fisherman’s Wharf
4 out of 5
1300 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, CA
The price is AU$236 per night from 30 Aug. to 30 Aug.
Hotel Caza Fisherman’s Wharf
San Francisco Marriott Marquis
San Francisco Marriott Marquis
4 out of 5
780 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA
The price is AU$276 per night from 19 Aug. to 19 Aug.
San Francisco Marriott Marquis
Hotel Zephyr San Francisco
Hotel Zephyr San Francisco
4 out of 5
250 Beach Street, San Francisco, CA
The price is AU$265 per night from 23 Aug. to 23 Aug.
Hotel Zephyr San Francisco
Hyatt Centric Fisherman's Wharf San Francisco
Hyatt Centric Fisherman's Wharf San Francisco
4 out of 5
555 N Point St, San Francisco, CA
The price is AU$299 per night from 9 Aug. to 9 Aug.
Hyatt Centric Fisherman's Wharf San Francisco
Hyatt Regency San Francisco
Hyatt Regency San Francisco
4 out of 5
5 Embarcadero Center, San Francisco, CA
The price is AU$242 per night from 19 Aug. to 19 Aug.
Hyatt Regency San Francisco
Holiday Inn Express and Suites Fisherman's Wharf, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Express and Suites Fisherman's Wharf, an IHG Hotel
3 out of 5
550 N Point St, San Francisco, CA
The price is AU$254 per night from 9 Aug. to 9 Aug.
Holiday Inn Express and Suites Fisherman's Wharf, an IHG Hotel
Argonaut Hotel - a Noble House Hotel
Argonaut Hotel - a Noble House Hotel
4.5 out of 5
495 Jefferson St, San Francisco, CA
The price is AU$362 per night from 30 Aug. to 30 Aug.
Argonaut Hotel - a Noble House Hotel
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