The History of Alcatraz Penitentiary
Ever wonder about some of the well-known inmates this famous landmark has incarcerated? Known as "The Rock," Alcatraz Island is one of the most well-known and historic penitentiaries in the United States. Below you can find some intriguing details about Alcatraz Island including its history, escape attempts, and some interesting trivia. Today, tours of this historic facility are given daily. When you pay a visit to San Francisco, make your way to Pier 33, known as Alcatraz Landing, along the Embarcadero just down from Fisherman's Wharf (Fishermans Wharf hotels) and Pier 39 (Pier 39 hotels). From here it is a short ferry ride to Alcatraz Island. It's an experience you don't want to miss!