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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    Chinatown, Russian Hill & North Beach Tour

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    In Roam Local's "Chinatown, Russian Hill & North Beach" walking-tour, you'll explore the hidden streets and sites of three of San Francisco's most famous and picturesque neighborhoods. Beginning and ending at the Friendship Gate of Chinatown, you'll travel through the colorful back alleys of the oldest and largest Chinatown in the world. Here you'll find the first Chinese temple ever built in the United States. From there, you'll ascend Russian Hill, famous for its writers' salons and eclectic vibe, and explore Barbary Lane, the hidden street that famously inspired Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City novel series. Next up, you'll descend into North Beach, epicenter of the Beat Generation, the Bohemian artists and nonconformists behind the great San Francisco Renaissance of the 1950s. If you're looking for an insider's view of SF, this is a tour you'll not want to miss!
    Chinatown, Russian Hill & North Beach Tour

    1751 Market St, San Francisco

    • Embark on a four mile walking tour through Chinatown, Russian Hill, and North Beach
    • Discover colorful hidden spots within the largest Chinatown in the world and the trendy epicenter of the Beat Generation
    • Obtain insights into the history of this hotbed of American culture
    • Stretch your legs while immersing yourself in a true cultural experience
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    Napa Valley Wine Country Semi-Private Limo Tour

    Join this semi-private limousine tour of Napa Valley and experience VIP service at an affordable price! Tour wine country in a luxury stretch limousine, enjoy a gourmet picnic lunch (if option selected) from a renowned local restaurant and experience a full day of wine tasting in one of the world's most famous wine regions. Visits to four boutique wineries are included on this semi-private tour, which operates with a group size of less than 10 people, ensuring personal and intimate service throughout the day. After you've visited your first two Napa Valley wineries, your limousine tour continues with a wine country lunch in a hidden-gem location, which may be among vineyards, garden terraces or in a wine cellar, depending on the weather. The delicious and hearty lunches are served family style, allowing everyone to pick and choose from a delicious variety of sandwiches, side salads and desserts. Don't forget to wash down lunch with a glass of Napa Valley wine!

    After lunch, visit two more hand-picked wineries in Napa Valley. This tour is great for first-timers, but is also ideal for the repeat Napa visitor, as it is customizable to your group, and the itinerary changes daily based on your group's unique dynamic and previous tasting experiences.

    Throughout the tour, you will learn about the local history and geography that makes Napa famous among wine lovers and foodies worldwide. As you travel from winery to winery, take pictures of the valley's idyllic scenery, unique artwork, beautiful landscaping and charming architecture. If you're staying in San Francisco, this tour offers pickup and drop-off from the Vallejo Ferry Terminal. Ferries depart from San Francisco's Ferry Building at 8:30am, with a travel time of approximately 1 hour.
    Napa Valley Wine Country Semi-Private Limo Tour

    Napa hotels or Vallejo Ferry Terminal, Napa & Sonoma

    • Tour Napa Valley in a luxury stretch limousine
    • Enjoy a gourmet picnic lunch and a full day of wine tasting
    • Discover the Valley's idyllic scenery, unique artwork, and charming architecture
    • Learn about local history and geography that makes Napa famous among wine lovers worldwide
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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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    Bridge to Bridge Cruise

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    Go under the iconic Golden Gate Bridge and the Bay Bridge on this scenic cruise along picturesque San Francisco Bay. Pass Alcatraz, Treasure Island and AT&T Park, and enjoy views of the city skyline dotted by Coit Tower, the Ferry Building, the Transamerica Pyramid, the Palace of Fine Arts and more. Fascinating audio commentary lets you learn about the construction of these famous bridges, as well as San Francisco's unique architecture, history, geology and culture. Head to Fisherman's Wharf in the afternoon to board your cruise. Then, sit back and relax as your expert captain takes you along picturesque San Francisco Bay. Pass Alcatraz Island and soak up views of San Francisco's stunning skyline, dotted with famous landmarks and attractions including Coit Tower, the Ferry Building, the iconic Transamerica Pyramid and the domed Palace of Fine Arts. Have your camera ready as you cruise under the world-famous Golden Gate Bridge, where the Pacific spills into San Francisco Bay. You'll get unparalleled views from right underneath the bridge! You'll also travel under the colossal Bay Bridge, linking San Francisco with Oakland and the rest of the East Bay. Admire Treasure Island and snap photos of AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco Giants. Throughout your cruise, audio commentary, available in 16 languages, teaches you interesting facts about how these bridges were built. You'll also learn about San Francisco's unique architecture, history, geology and culture. Your vessel features restrooms and indoor and outdoor seating. You're free to bring your own lunch on board to enjoy while you take in the sights, and there is also a full bar and snacks available for purchase.
    Bridge to Bridge Cruise

    43 The Embarcadero, San Francisco

    • Travel under the iconic Golden Gate Bridge and the Bay Bridge on a scenic cruise of San Francisco Bay
    • Hear fascinating audio commentary about the construction of these famous and historic bridges
    • Take in spectacular views of Alcatraz, Treasure Island, AT&T Park, and the city skyline
    • Learn about San Francisco's unique architecture, history, geology and culture
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    Bay in a Day & Muir Woods Tour

    Your “city insider” guide knows where to go so you get the most from your visit to San Francisco. Don't just sit on the dock of the bay—see all of San Francisco’s attractions like The Embarcadero, Fisherman’s Wharf, Pier 39, Coit Tower, Financial District, Palace of Fine Arts, Chinatown, Nob Hill, The Castro and Mission districts, and the not-to-be-missed Golden Gate Bridge. (Make sure you have enough memory for all those selfies!) To complete this San Francisco city tour, you’ll head out to explore the city’s majestic parks, rugged coastline and diverse neighborhoods. Enjoy historic Presidio. Pause to enjoy cliff-side views of “city by the bay”. What made the Haight-Ashbury, Mission and Castro districts what they are today? Learn the stories. Laugh out loud at the surprising, sometimes crazy, things that have made San Francisco one of the world’s most beloved cities. Extranomical brings you exclusive experiences and attraction entries you won’t get on other San Francisco city tours. Enjoy a less-well-traveled spot for admiring the Golden Gate Bridge. Get a good night’s sleep! Including the morning excursion to Muir Woods, this San Francisco city tour goes from dawn ‘til dusk. Why go home without seeing it all? During your tour, you will also be able to enjoy free wifi available on your bus or van!
    Bay in a Day & Muir Woods Tour

    928 Harrison St, San Francisco

    • Complimentary hotel pickup and drop-off in San Francisco
    • Expert perspectives from city insiders while you walk among towering redwoods in Muir Woods
    • Hidden San Francisco attractions and their stories
    • Golden Gate Bridge selfies!
    • Free Wi-Fi on tour vehicle
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    Yosemite Camping Adventure (3 Day)

    Explore America's favorite national park on a three-day camping trip that takes you off the beaten path to trails and sights unseen by most who venture here. You'll enjoy three days and two nights of camping, hiking and swimming, in a fun-filled, friendly atmosphere. Never camped before? No problem! The necessary camping gear and food is provided for you, and the tour is fully guided.
    Yosemite Camping Adventure (3 Day)

    Union Square, San Francisco

    • Embrace the rugged outdoors on this three-day guided camping trip to Yosemite National Park
    • Explore off the beaten tracks in America's favorite national park with a professional tour guide
    • Immerse yourself in nature and learn fundamental camping techniques
    • Snap postcard-worthy photos of the magnificent giant sequoia trees
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    Monterey, Carmel & a 17-Mile Drive Day Trip

    Cruise along California's spectacular coastline on a relaxing day trip from San Francisco. You'll follow Highway 1 to the beautiful Monterey Peninsula home of the famous Monterey Bay Aquarium and Steinbeck's Cannery Row. Explore Monterey's charming shops or choose to add aquarium admission. See the stunning estates of 17-Mile Drive. Finish your day with a stop at the coastal town of Carmel by the Sea, before returning to San Francisco via famous Silicon Valley.

    Escape the big city on this scenic day-trip to Monterey and Carmel. Drive along the Highway 1 with breathtaking views of the Pacific Coast seascapes and narration as you may your way down to the Bay. You'll have time to shop and have lunch in Monterey, with the option of visiting the famous Monterey Bay Aquarium, and enjoy plenty of photo stops on this scenic day trip from San Francisco. No trip to California is complete with a drive along the famous 17-Mile Drive, home to the world-renowned Pebble Beach Golf Course, the Lone Cypress, magnificent mansions, playful wildlife along the coastline and breathtaking natural beauty.

    Then, you'll head to the enchanting Carmel-by-the-Sea, with a charming downtown shopping district, beautiful beaches and historic mission. On this last stop of the tour, you will have time to visit the many boutiques and art galleries.

    Highlights of this day trip include:

    • Pacific Ocean drive
    • Cannery Row
    • Lone Cypress
    • Pebble Beach Lodge and golf course
    • Carmel Mission
    • Monterey Bay
    • 17-Mile Drive
    • Seal Rock
    • Carmel by the Sea
    Monterey, Carmel & a 17-Mile Drive Day Trip

    2627 Taylor Street, San Francisco

    • Cruise along California's famous 17-Mile Drive on a relaxing day trip from San Francisco
    • Follow Highway 1 to the beautiful Monterey Peninsula to explore shops or visit the aquarium
    • Discover the enchanting Carmel-by-the-Sea's downtown shopping district and beautiful beaches
    • Enjoy plenty of stops and fantastic photo opportunities along the way.
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    Escape the Penitentiary

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    You've woken up, locked in a prison cell. But not just any prison cell. This is where Walter White, one of the most infamous serial killers in American history, died. You are crippled by the fear that he might still be alive. You need to VAMOOS! In this interactive game, you'll have the chance to work with friends, family, and complete strangers to get out of this locked cell. Your courage and teamworking skills will be put to the test during this time-sensitive mission. With a 13% escape rate, this game will stretch your mind as far as it will go.
    Escape the Penitentiary

    5327 Jacuzzi St, Richmond

    • Get out of a locked prison cell an infamous serial killer died in
    • Use your intellect and wits to decipher clues and escape in under 60 minutes
    • Work together with friends and complete strangers to discover the truth behind this spooky situation
    • Enjoy the thrill of the time crunch and the terror of the ominous challenge
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    The Official Golden Gate Park Segway Tour

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    Tour the highlights of this San Francisco gem in two and a half fun-filled hours! We are the exclusive licensed Segway tour operator in Golden Gate Park and know every nook and cranny of this gorgeous 1000+ acre park. Our professional guides will treat you to the park's best views and hidden locations while entertaining you with the history and tales of this oasis in the city. Segways give you eco-friendly access to bike paths and trails that allow you cover lots of ground quickly! Explore 8 miles of the Eastern part of the park which covers both famous landmarks and hidden and less explored areas. Your experienced and fun tour guide will narrate your tour through a compact single ear-bud sound system. Each guest is issued a compact radio receiver so they don't miss a detail of what the guide is saying about each site seen on the tour.
    The Official Golden Gate Park Segway Tour

    82 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr, San Francisco

    • Glide through the iconic Golden Gate Park on a Segway
    • Hear stories from your tour guide and experience seven miles of the Golden Gate Park
    • Partake in a brief Segway training and then see The Music Concourse and Temple of Music
    • Ride on your Segway and enjoy not having to walk
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    Bay Sail on San Francisco Bay

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    Feel the rush of the sea breeze in your face as you sail by the San Francisco skyline as it twinkles to life! Capture breathtaking sights going UNDER the Golden Gate Bridge, around Alcatraz, and by a colony of grunting sea lions. Or, if you'd rather protect your hairdo, take in the majestic views from the vantage point of the 360 degree protected viewing area. You can even combine the beauty of the harbor with the thrill of flight, as you lounge on a raised canvas net. You'll enjoy snacks and drinks for purchase as the awe-inspiring Golden Gate Bridge floats above you. Soak in the Bay Area's unique beauty in style and comfort!
    Bay Sail on San Francisco Bay

    Pier 39, San Francisco

    • Experience the Bay Area with a beautiful sailing tour
    • See stunning iconic landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, and the sea lions of Pier 39
    • Augment your surroundings with an optional audio tour
    • Feel the wind in your face or take it all in from the comfort of a protected viewing area
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