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A Federal Penitentiary until 1963, Alcatraz, known also as "The Rock," was home to "Machine Gun" Kelly, Al Capone and Robert "Birdman" Stroud. The island, about a mile from the San Francisco shore, is accessible only by Blue & Gold Fleet.

Self-guided, audio-cassette walking tours of the former Federal penitentiary may be taken daily. Advance reservations are highly recommended during peak season. Dress warmly and wear comfortable walking shoes; there are several inclines on the island.

Note: Tickets for reservations up to 24 hours in advance may be charged by phone.

For more information on Alcatraz Island, see our City Sights section or the Official Alcatraz Website. The National Park Service number for Alcatraz information is (415) 705-1045

Blue & Gold Fleet Fare: $11 with audio tour. Pier 41, Fisherman's Wharf (415) 705-5555

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