This little island located in the San Francisco bay – Pacific coast – was first used as a military fortification, after that it was a military prison and at last it became a federal prison for Category A prisoners, the most dangerous ones. It is famous for having held some of America's most well-known criminals such as Al Capone.
Alcatraz is also known because of “the most famous escape in history”, which was an inspiration for many novels and films. This escape was committed by Frank Morris and the Anglin brothers, who dug a tunnel for years until they could escape one night letting mannequins lying in their beds.
Nobody knows if the prisoners got their way alive because nowadays they are still missing. Most people doubt they were able to swim three kilometres along the coast against strong currents.
Anyway, they were able to show that the considered as “the most secure prison of the world” - because of being located on an island - had several mistakes in its security system.
This island is also known for having the oldest functioning lighthouse of the West Coast of the United States.
Since 1972, Alcatraz became part of the natural parks’ network and currently it is one of the main tourist attractions for those who travels to San Francisco.
San Francisco City Tour offers the chance of taking you to this place. The San Francisco City Loop allows you to visit this island taking you to Pier 33, near Fisherman's Wharf, next to stop number 1, where you will be able to take a ferry to Alcatraz - ticket not included in the City Tour's price.