5 Things You Didn't Know About Alcatraz

January 20, 2020

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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    Night Volkswagen Tour

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    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 this 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 the undeniable hippie vibe that'll take you back where you belong. On your tour, you'll fall in love with the city after the sun sets. You'll begin your adventure during the last moments of daylight, and watch as the sky turns tie-dyed with beautiful hues. You'll admire the Bay at dusk and get to see the SF skyline as it transforms into a universe of twinkling sparkling lights. And of course, you'll also see iconic sights, such as the Golden Gate Bridge, Ghirardelli Square, Lombard Street, Transamerica Pyramid, and much more! And yes, you may request Tony Bennett's "I Left My Heart in San Francisco" to set the mood.
    Night Volkswagen Tour

    2899 Hyde Street, San Francisco

    • Celebrate Peace, Love, and Adventure on a divine night tour of the city's sparkling skyline and most notable attractions
    • Fall in love with San Francisco after sun set in a decked out 1970s Volkswagen bus
    • Visit the Golden Gate Bridge, China Town, Treasure Island, Columbus Tower, and more!
    • Embark on a journey of Golden Gate City's that combines its hippie past and modern day edge
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    Telegraph Hill and the Old Waterfront Tour

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    Wild parrots. Do you really need to read any further? Fine. Roam Local presents the "Telegraph Hill & Old Waterfront" walking tour, a four mile leisurely trek around the old waterfront area of San Francisco. You'll have the opportunity to explore Yerba Buena Cove, the Barbary Cove, and the infamous Telegraph Hill (that's where the parrots are!). You'll discover hidden parks, gardens and alleys, plus experience stunning views of the bay, including the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz. You'll find out where television and blue jeans were born, all while experiencing a true urban adventure. And did we mention WILD PARROTS???
    Telegraph Hill and the Old Waterfront Tour

    1751 Market St, San Francisco

    • Explore historic old waterfront on Yerba Buena Cove, the Barbary Coast, and Telegraph Hill
    • Discover secret spots and hidden delights that only the locals know about
    • Obtain insights into the history of this hotbed of American culture
    • Enjoy a relaxing, informative walk that will put you in touch with San Francisco's hidden gems.
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    Yosemite Tour (Full Day)

    Looking for a jam-packed day of fun? Check out this full-day tour of Yosemite National Park and its surrounding area. After being picked up from your hotel, you'll be driven across the San Francisco Bay Bridge, complete with views of Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge. After riding through San Joaquin Valley, you'll continue through the Sierra Nevada foothills before finally entering Yosemite National Park. Conditions permitting, you'll enjoy a hike to the Giant Redwoods. From there, you'll drive to Tunnel View Vista Point, enjoying some spectacular natural landscapes, before lunching at Yosemite Lodge. Then, you'll enjoy some free time to explore before making your ascent out of the valley. After a stop for food, you'll be back to the hotel around 8-9 PM Wow, what a full day! This is one experience you don't want to miss.
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    Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco

    • Enjoy a full-day tour of Yosemite State Park, The Bay Area, San Joaquin Valley, and Gold Country after being picked up from your hotel
    • Check out stunning vistas of El Capitan, Bridalveil Falls, and Half Dome
    • Discover Yosemite's incredible giant redwood trees, also known as Sequoias
    • Relax during some "me-time"in Yosemite State Park as you hike along stunning trails, relax at the base of Yosemite Falls, or visit Yosemite Village
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    General Admission to California Academy of Sciences- Adult Tickets

    Explore the world's only aquarium, planetarium, rainforest, and natural history museum - all under one living roof! And to make it as easy as possible, this ticket includes instant access, meaning you don't have to go to a separate kiosk to redeem your — just present it right at the California Academy of Science's entrance and be on your way.
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    55 Music Concourse Dr, San Francisco

    • Take a trip to one of the largest museums of natural history in the world
    • Explore an aquarium, planetarium, rainforest, and much more with just one ticket
    • Gaze up at the stars in the Morrison Planetarium, fully equipped with a 75 foot digital screen
    • Learn a little bit more about the beautiful planet we call home
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    Redwoods, Wine & Dine

    The bounty of Northern California is on full display in this one-day nature and culinary adventure. The day begins at the magnificent Armstrong Woods and with a walk among trees that soar 300 feet in the sky. This is an unparalleled chance to experience trees that have been around for 1500 years. It is a lesser known Redwood Forest, so the walk is much quieter and less-populated than the more common tourist destination of Muir Woods. We then move on to Kendall-Jackson winery and culinary garden where the farm-to-table culinary movement is in full bloom. We will tour through the gardens that are the source of vegetables and herbs for California’s most prestigious restaurants. Once we’ve seen the incredible offering of the culinary garden, Kendall Jackson’s award-winning chefs will prepare a four-course lunch paired with some of Kendall Jackson’s finest wines. The seasonal menu is designed with the freshest ingredients from the garden along with locally sourced meats and fruits.
    Redwoods, Wine & Dine

    Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco

    • Tour the Armstrong Woods and Sonoma Valley over the course of one lovely afternoon
    • Spend an hour and a half among some of the tallest and oldest trees in the world
    • Check out the Kendall Jackson Winery, sampling their finest vintages and learning about the wine-making process
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    Introduction to Wilderness Survival Clinic - Marin County

    Get back to nature and learn age-old survival skills during this wilderness clinic set among the redwoods of Northern California. In just 5 hours you'll practice timeless traditions, such as shelter building and fire-by-friction, drawn from indigenous skills. Participate in hands-on activities appropriate for all ages, and build self-esteem and awareness knowing you can survive in the woods or other natural setting. Learn about edible plants and try out native-style traps while you discover what it's like to live in harmony with nature. You'll leave better prepared for your next wilderness adventure.
    Introduction to Wilderness Survival Clinic - Marin County

    3025 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Fairfax

    • Learn indigenous skills of survival in the woods, including how to build a shelter, and how to make a fire
    • Have fun learning how to gather water, and forage edible plants or set up traps for food with an experienced guide
    • Both novice campers and seasoned backpackers can benefit from hands-on activities
    • All necessary equipment included
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    San Francisco All Day eBike Rental

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    Looking to boost your ride? Unlimited Biking offers everything you need to explore all over San Francisco without the constant pedaling. During this all-day electric bike rental, you'll get an amazing understanding and in-depth look at the scenic beauty, cultural attractions, diverse communities, and world-class cuisine that San Francisco has to offer. You'll be able to enjoy and explore famous landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge, cable cars, Fisherman's Wharf, Alcatraz, Chinatown, Union Square, North Beach, the Castro District, and Mission Dolores. Each of these places will offer you an amazing experience and adventure that will become apart of your memories forever. Let's get this cycle game on!
    San Francisco All Day eBike Rental

    1792 Haight Street , San Francisco

    • Ride an electric bike while exploring all over San Francisco
    • Cycle through beautiful landmarks including the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman's Wharf, Alcatraz, Union Square, and North Beach
    • Stop at various neighborhoods along the way to view their beauty at a closer look
    • Enjoy a cultural and historic day exploring different attractions, diverse communities, and world-class cuisine
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