If you are visiting San Francisco, I think it’s obligatory to go to Alcatraz. Doing my usual research online it was suggested to buy tickets in advance, which I did, and we found ourselves boarding a boat a little after 2:00 PM on a beautiful sunny day.
The biggest draw to Alcatraz for me and I think most people is its notoriety and its history. In reality, it is a really cool run down old prison. The most interesting part of the tour was the audio tour of the cell block at the top of Alcatraz. It is narrated by former prisoners and guards. Not only do you get the historical events that happen, but some personal insight to the daily lives of the people at Alcatraz. A local society has worked on redoing the prisoner’s gardens and they are absolutely beautiful.
The views of San Francisco both from the island and on the boat ride are stunning and is enough to make the trip by itself.
2nd and 3rd Floor Cell Blocks
Lighthouse and Cell Blocks
Attempted Escape Route