5 Things You Didn't Know About Alcatraz

April 20, 2018

Located on a small island surrounded by choppy waters, just off the coast of San Fran, lies a prison that has held the country’s most dangerous criminals...

Alcatraz -- like something out of a comic book, it’s no wonder it’s the most notorious incarceration facility in the country. Home to likes of Al Capone, George “Machine-Gun” Kelly, and Arthur “Doc” Barker, the high security federal building operated from 1934 to 1963, containing the murderous gangsters of the 1920s and 30s. In its 29 years of operation, the prison managed to rack up quite a colorful -- and sometimes violent -- history.

Here’s a quick look at some intriguing Alcatraz facts you may not know. If you don't get your fix here, read on to check out the activities we offer that will take you there to see it for yourself!

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    Guided Private Napa Wine Tour (4 People)

    Thinking about getting out of San Francisco for a day of sophisticated inebriation? Give this tour a spin! You'll be chauffeured to beautiful Napa Valley by luxury sedan, SUV, or stretch limo, where you'll visit some of the best boutique wineries in the region. Learn about wines while tipping back glasses in exclusive tasting rooms, and get an inside look into the winemaking industry from the winemakers themselves. The Napa wine region boasts stunning country landscapes that include rolling hills plastered with farms and vineyards This worry-free visit is a great way to drink it all in!
    Guided Private Napa Wine Tour (4 People)

    Napa Valley, San Francisco

    • Visit the Napa wine region during a 6-hour guided tour
    • Select from multiple wineries to visit
    • Enjoy sampling delicious wines in tasting rooms
    • Travel by sedan, SUV, or stretch limo for a luxurious escape
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    Adventurous Horseback Tour

    Firetrucks and horses. Your inner child is going to have a field day with this tour. You'll be riding in a classic 1955 Mack Fire Truck (shiny red, of course) over the Golden Gate Bridge. This narrated, open-air ride will provide the perfect opportunity to check out the San Francisco skyline from up on high. Prior to the bridge, you'll tour the streets of San Francisco, and afterwards, the village of Sausalito. As though that's not enough, you'll also spend an hour exploring the California coastline on horseback. If you're worried about this tour being too eccentric, don't. It's San Francisco. You'll fit right in.
    Adventurous Horseback Tour

    650 Beach St, San Francisco

    • Scope out the Bay Area from the Golden Gate Bridge while riding in a mid-20th century firetruck
    • Embark on a tranquil horseback adventure along the scenic California Coast
    • Learn about San Francisco's history and culture during a narrated drive through its streets
    • Enjoy a unique tour during which you'll get know San Francisco while embracing its eccentricity
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    Four Peaks Tour

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    The Four Peaks area of San Francisco isn't just colorful -- It's a virtual rainbow. Considered one of the preeminent centers of global gay culture and LGBT activism in the world, this area is now among the most vibrant, hip places in the city. Over the sixties and seventies, multitudes of gay men and women started to move into the neighborhood and fix up homes that had fallen into disrepair in the area, eventually claiming the neighborhood as their own. Discover hidden alleys, staircases, and gardens on a 3.5 mile walk. Learn about the important history of the area, and find out why Four Peaks is lovingly known as "Eureka Valley" by the locals. While leisurely, tour involves many steps, which can be challenging. Exact meeting location is given upon confirmation of booking.
    Four Peaks Tour

    1751 Market St, San Francisco

    • Take a walking tour of the Four Peaks area of San Francisco, the LGBT hub of the United States
    • Discover hidden staircases, gardens, and paths that only an insider would know about
    • Gain knowledge about history of this hotbed of American culture
    • Embrace one of the most culturally relevant areas of San Francisco
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    Castro Mission Tour

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    You haven't truly experienced San Francisco until you've visited Castro Mission Loop. Known for its Victorian architecture and vibrant murals, you'll learn all about its history during your intimate walking tour directed by a local that knows about all of the hidden spots you won't find in a guide book. During this leisurely 3.5 mile walk you'll be introduced to San Francisco's oldest building, an alley of murals, a buried lagoon, and numerous other interesting points and oddities that make Castro a must see spot. Plus, you'll get acquainted with one of the city's most popular gay epicenters and gain exposure to the unique culture that makes San Francisco one of America's favorite cities.
    Castro Mission Tour

    1751 Market St, San Francisco

    • Explore Castro Mission Loop, one of the San Francisco's oldest areas, for an informative walking tour
    • See Liberty Hill, the oldest building in the city, murals, Victorian architecture, and a buried lagoon
    • Gain knowledge about the history of this hotbed of American culture
    • Take a relaxing, scenic 3.5 mile walk through one of the most famous neighborhoods in San Francisco
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    Daring Divas of the Past Tour

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    From social activists to actresses to literary legends, San Francisco has been home to world-changing women. You'll walk in the footsteps of 10 ladies who left their legacy on the landscape, like Isadora Duncan, Maya Angelou, and Lillie Coit. Starting with the brave pioneer women who worked just as hard as the men, but in corsets, you'll meet the Madonna of the 1800's, learn the difference between SF's working girls and working women, and visit the street where three major divas' lives intersected. On this tour, you'll span both centuries and neighborhoods. Then, work your way through the theater district, Maiden Lane, Chinatown, and North Beach. This isn't one of those tours where you follow along, eyes glazing over as you try to absorb dry facts and figures. Interactive fun is at the heart of the tour. You'll answer questions, play games, and laugh along the way. Learn about San Francisco's amazing history and the tough, talented woman who made it that way.
    Daring Divas of the Past Tour

    Union Square, San Francisco

    • Follow in the footsteps of 10 of San Francisco's most influential women on this entertaining walking tour
    • Discover the amazing histories of local and national legends, like Phyllis Diller, Lillie Coit, and Maya Angelou
    • Tour through four different neighborhoods and play fun games and answer trivia questions
    • An exciting, extensive lesson in San Francisco's past and present
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    Original Tour

    Hungry for the real San Francisco? Get to know this eclectic city alongside a local guide and enjoy a bit of its famous cuisine while you're at it! You'll cover several of the city's most vital neighborhoods over the course of 2.5 hours, including the Financial District, North Beach, Chinatown, and Union Square. Laugh and learn with your guide as you hear historical facts, anecdotes, and a unique peek at the city's famously flavorful culture. Stop in at popular local eateries for tasty bites that might include artisanal cheeses and breads, pastries, cured meats, olives, dim sum, and fortune cookies! Some tours just taste better than others.
    Original Tour

    600 Montgomery St, San Francisco

    • Get to know San Francisco during a 2.5-hour guided exploration
    • Visit popular neighborhoods such as North Beach, Chinatown, and Union Square
    • Fuel up with food samples at local artisanal shops and restaurants
    • Learn what makes San Francisco unique with insights into its history and culture
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    San Francisco Sunset Segway Tour

    Take an evening tour on a fun Segway as you learn more about the city of San Francisco. Experienced guides will be with you every step of the way as you discover new attractions and sites. You will visit the Financial District, the famous Embarcadero, the Ferry Building, the Italian district of North Beach, Coit Tower, the Transamerica Pyramid and the home of Levi's jeans - Levi Plaza. See the San Francisco skyline in a new way as the sun sets. Stand in awe at the amazing architecture of the Transamerica Pyramid.
    San Francisco Sunset Segway Tour

    333 Jefferson St, San Francisco

    • Enjoy an unforgettable evening Segway tour through the amazing sites of San Francisco
    • See the Embarcadero, North Beach and more in a new way at night
    • Hear new facts about the city you love
    • Find out more about the best parts of the city to explore
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    Total Yosemite Experience from San Jose

    Explore more! The Yosemite National Park tour from San Jose is an experience that will leave a memorable impression for people of all ages. Join vasty knowledgeable Expedition Leaders on a day-long trip through the Yosemite Valley, where you will be learn about the geology, history, and wildlife that make this National Park one of North America’s most awesome sights to behold. You will even get to touch a living fossil! The Giant Sequoias of Tuolumne Grove have inhabited the park for millions of years, along with many other colossal granite cliffs. This day tour will leave from the Fairmont Hotel San Jose and depart east through California’s lush Central Valley, into the precipitous Sierra Nevada mountain range. Grab your camera and hop on board for this unforgettable Yosemite experience! During your tour, you will also be able to enjoy free wifi available on your bus or van!
    Total Yosemite Experience from San Jose

    928 Harrison Street , San Francisco

    • Explore the breathtaking beauty of Yosemite National Park
    • Experience the serenity of Tuolumne Grove’s giant sequoias
    • Join Expedition Leaders as they inform you of the rich geology, history, and wildlife that make Yosemite unique
    • Embark on a memorable and exciting journey for people of all ages!
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    Teas, Temples, and Beatniks

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    Experience San Francisco's diversity firsthand as you explore two very different but equally exciting neighborhoods. You'll experience a true fusion of East and West, where one of the largest and oldest Chinese communities outside of Asia butts right up against the birthplace of the beret-loving Beat Generation. Starting in Chinatown, you will learn about the Chinese community's role in the Gold Rush and train building boom, and stop for a bite of traditional mooncake pastries. From there, it's off to the oldest Chinese temple in America, where you can have your fortune read, and then on to a sampling of fresh fortune cookies and an in-depth tea tasting. Just a few steps north, you'll enter North Beach, home of Jack Kerouac and Alan Ginsberg's favorite hangouts. You will check out the City Lights Bookstore, which still publishes San Francisco's great local poets. You'll wander through picturesque side streets as you explore Little Italy, past adorable shops and cafes. Embrace a deliciously fascinating transcontinental experience, without ever leaving the city.
    Teas, Temples, and Beatniks

    Grant Ave & Bush St, San Francisco

    • Explore the adjacent but wildly different neighborhoods of Chinatown and North Beach
    • Learn the history of SF's Chinese community as you visit the country's oldest temple, and see the areas Kerouac and Ginsberg once roamed
    • Savor traditional Chinese pastries and teas
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    Sunset Wine Tasting Cruise - Standard

    Hop on board San Francisco’s only floating wine tasting room! This spectacular sunset cruise aboard “Wine Therapy” will surely be an experience you don’t want to miss while visiting the San Francisco Bay. Enjoy a sample flight of 4 red or white wines of your choice, sourced from family owned wineries, while snacking on complimentary baguettes, crackers, and cheeses. You will also have the option to buy a glass or bottle of your favorite wine after the tastings are complete. Uncork, unwind, and enjoy the ride! The route taken is dependent on the weather and winds each day. This tour generally goes by some of these sights: into Fisherman’s Wharf, towards the Golden Gate Bridge, around Alcatraz Island and to the Bay Bridge and McCovey Cove baseball park.
    Sunset Wine Tasting Cruise - Standard

    The Embarcadero & Beach St, San Francisco

    • Enjoy a spectacular sunset on San Francisco Bay’s only floating wine tasting room.
    • Savor complimentary light snacks including baguettes, crackers, and cheeses.
    • Create lasting memories while sampling unique wines from family owned wineries.
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