Alcatraz Island

Alcatraz Island

Pier 33, Hornblower Alcatraz Landing, San Francisco, CA 94111

The island itself has remained more or less the same since the Park Service first opened it to visitors in 1973, but the tours of the world-famous prison have been getting better and better over the years. In the past, you could go only with a guide; now, well-produced audio tours, featuring the voices of real inmates and guards, let you explore at your own pace. Prefer the human touch?Take the eerie nighttime tour, which includes a narrated circuit around the island.


Tip: Even if you have an annual national-parks pass, you’ll have to pay the entry fee here; the admission actually covers the ferry ride over.


Admission: $24.50 adults ($31.50 at night); $23.25 seniors ($29.25 night); $15.25 children (5–11) ($18.75 night); free for children under 5. Open daily (except Christmas and New Year’s Day).

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