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Alcatraz island was a heavily fortified fort designed to protect the bay against enemy ships in the 19th century, at the same time the lighthouse was built here. In 20-ies during mafia`s heyday the government decided that an isolated island with a fortress is a perfect place for a high security prison. Almost 50 years Alcatraz prison was world-famous as a non-escape place as far as those ones who were able to avoid the guards, barbed wire and towers watchman failed to reached the shore while losing their power or freezing themselves in the cold waters washing against the island. In 1971 the prison was closed due to too heavy maintenance expenses and now the island is open for all visitors.
Address: Golden Gate National Recreation Area, San Francisco
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AVisit through History
Susieqnurse , Junction City, OR, 2015-05-23
This was a great tour. We had recorders with earphone and could move through Alcatraz at our own speed. There was a lot of history provided through the tour. Very informative. Staff were friendly and... read full review
Hauntingly Beautiful
KristiB678 , Oklahoma, 2015-05-22
Very interesting to see where the prisoners lived. The entire island has so much history to see. Not only the prisoners, but you learn about the lives of the guards and their families that also lived... read full review
Good day out.
Diane F , Melbourne, Australia, 2015-05-22
We enjoyed this very informative trip.It was very cold the day we went , therefore less people on the tour which was great for us. Before we went over to Alcatraz we went on a bus tour with Grey... read full review
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  • Travel + Leisure, 30-07-2012

    Take the eerie nighttime excursion: a narrated circuit around the island and guided tours to the main prison building (not to mention a few special programs only offered after dark).

  • USA TODAY, 22-06-2012

    A half-century ago, three men made history by escaping the island fortress. They bought time by creating fake heads to fool guards during the bed check. But did the men survive?

  • Viator.com, 28-01-2012

    On the way to Alcatraz, take in the breathtaking panorama of the Golden Gate Bridge, Bay Bridge, and Angel Island; the Ellis Island of the West.

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