5 Things You Didn't Know About Alcatraz

April 20, 2016

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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    Sightseeing Tour

    You're visiting the city so you've got to get some sightseeing in between all the shopping and eating. Naturally, your next step is to schedule a plain old, boring bus tour. Right? WRONG! Why on earth would you ever do something like that when you could take super cool, unforgettable, and fun-filled 1970's Volkswagen 6-seater tour through San Francisco? If you were wondering, yes. It's super decked out. It's got the neon blue seats, the beaded curtains, the shag carpets, and an undeniable hippie vibe that'll take you back where you belong. On your tour, you'll see iconic sights, such as the Golden Gate Bridge, China Town, The Castro, Columbus Tower, and much more! You'll even have the opportunity to visit the homes of San Francisco's Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix, while grooving to awesome music. P.S. This is the closest you could possibly get to your Magic School Bus fantasies.
    Sightseeing Tour

    2899 Hyde Street, San Francisco

    • Get to know San Francisco and its iconic sights in a decked out 1970s Volkswagen bus
    • Discover the true meaning of Peace, Love, and Adventure
    • Travel down unique streets where other buses are forbidden
    • Embark on a journey of Golden Gate City's that combines its hippie past and modern day edge
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    Tandem Paragliding

    Unless you get a great window seat in first class, flying is terrible. You're cramped, the air is stuffy, and the baby behind you won't stop crying. If only flying was as magical as it is for birds. Experience flight the way it's meant to be, with tandem paragliding. You'll be harnessed up to an expert pilot after going over safety instructions. Then you'll defy gravity and soar like an eagle over gorgeous rolling hills and beautiful scenery. Your pilot will have total control of the flight so you can get the most enjoyment out of your ride. What are you waiting for? Spread your wings with Elite Paragliding.
    Tandem Paragliding

    San Francisco Bay Area, San Francisco

    • Take to the sky with the exhilarating experience of Paragliding
    • Stay safe and secure as you harness to your expert pilot, tandem-style
    • Learn the about the different phases of paragliding
    • Experience incredible views and a rush like no other
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    Chinatown & North Beach Night Walking Tour

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    Be awakened to new flavors and unique cultures as you taste your way through Chinatown and North Beach on this walking food tour! Explore Chinatown by twilight, tasting Dim Sum from one of the oldest bakeries in the neighborhood, as you delve into Chinese mysticism and culture. Then, learn about local sculptures and architecture. Remember: Tea is to Chinatown as North Beach is to wine, and on this tour you'll get to try both! Search out the authentic Chinatown and North Beach\Little Italy, while you uncover their hidden secrets only intrepid locals know. Sample great local bites in the places whose history made San Francisco what it is today, and leave knowing that you've really experienced all Chinatown and North Beach have to offer!
    Chinatown & North Beach Night Walking Tour

    400 Grant Ave, San Francisco

    • Be awakened to new flavors and taste your way through Chinatown and North Beach
    • Explore Chinatown by twilight, tasting Dim Sum from one of the oldest bakeries in the neighborhood
    • Hear stories and insider tips from your local guide about restaurants and sights you pass
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    Luxury Tour of San Francisco

    "One day if I go to heaven... I'll look around and say 'It ain't bad, but it ain't San Francisco.'" -- Herb Caen We agree! Join SF Luxury Coach on a 3-hour tour of this gorgeous city. You'll see attractions such as Embarcadero Center, the cable cars, the Golden Gate Bridge, Twin Peaks, Coit Tower and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. But it doesn't just stop there! You'll also have a chance to see North Beach, Pier 39, Lombard Street, Golden Gate Park, The Presidio, Alcatraz, Buena Vista Park, Cable Car Museum and many other spots! We're sure you won't find another San Francisco tour quite as extensive as this one. Get a real taste of the city -- you'll fall in love.
    Luxury Tour of San Francisco

    426 Fillmore St, San Francisco

    • Embark on an extensive tour of the beautiful city of San Francisco
    • See attractions such as the Golden Gate Bridge, Twin Peaks, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and more
    • Fall deeper in love with the city as you view all the must-see spots
    • Make sure to bring a camera to capture the wondrous landmarks
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    Chinatown and North Beach Night Walking Tour

    Spend an evening exploring two of San Francisco's vibrant areas for food and nightlife on a walking tour through Chinatown and North Beach. On their own, they will stir your senses. Together, they awaken you to new flavors, ancient cultures, and a diverse lifestyle.

    You'll start your walking tour in Chinatown. Explore the area by twilight, including tasting dim sum from one of the oldest bakeries in the area. Delve into Chinese mysticism and culture, as you explore local sculpture and architecture.

    Search out authentic Chinese and Italian crafts and pottery and uncover their hidden secrets only intrepid locals know. You'll be astonished by the new finds in secret alcoves and the wonderful aromas and taste of some of the best coffee, dim sum, and other food on this two-hour tour.

    Chinatown and North Beach Night Walking Tour

    North Beach, San Francisco

    • Explore two of San Francisco's food and nightlife hubs on a walking tour through Chinatown and North Beach
    • Sample dim sum from one of the oldest bakeries in the area
    • Search out authentic Chinese and Italian crafts and uncover hidden secrets only locals know
    • Awaken your senses to new flavors, ancient cultures, and diverse lifestyles
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