Alcatraz Island, San Francisco

Alcatraz Island, San Francisco (must see)

Alcatraz Island has appeared many times in popular culture. Its appeal as a film setting derives from its isolation and its history as a prison from which, officially, no prisoner ever successfully escaped. Don Siegel's 1979 thriller Escape from Alcatraz chronicles the story of Frank Morris and brothers John and Clarence Anglin, who escaped from Alcatraz in 1962, although it is not known whether they survived the trip across the bay. Alcatraz's isolated and fortified image has meant that it has been used as a location for fictional hostage scenarios in various instances. The most successful of such films was 'The Rock' (1996), in which a group from the United States Marine Corps Force Reconnaissance holds 81 tourists hostage, demanding monetary reparations. To defeat the hostage-takers, the Navy SEAL team enlist the help and knowledge of John Patrick Mason, the only inmate of Alcatraz who ever successfully escaped.

Why You Should Visit:
Not just a dramatic destination, but one where you can learn about the criminal justice system, the Indian occupation, political prisoners, and more.

Tip:
Plan to book your tickets months in advance or you won't get to go!
Also, make sure you check out what times the park rangers will be doing cell door demonstrations, as that is something really interesting to see.

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Alcatraz Island on Map

Sight Name: Alcatraz Island
Sight Location: San Francisco, USA
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
Guide(s) containing this sight: City Orientation Walking Tour II  

Walking Tours in San Francisco, California

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Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.1 Km or 3.2 Miles

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