San Francisco, California, United States of America

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This famous prison sitting on an isolated island in San Francisco Bay fascinates tourists from around the world. The legends and lore draw them to this location to learn about some of America’s most notorious criminals. From Al Capone to “Machine Gun” Kelly, it was famous for being an almost impossible prison to escape from.

Alcatraz also makes it easy and fun with their self-guided audio tour of the prison cells. They even provide sound effects like prisoners hitting their metal cups on the cell bars! There are other reasons to take a cruise out to Alcatraz.

It is a lovely island to stroll around, with marine wildlife and nesting birds, and exquisite views of the city of San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge. Take a sketch book or camera with you and enjoy the lovely ferry ride out. Hint: purchase your tickets online at least 2 to 3 weeks in advance to make sure you get in.

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