Alcatraz, San Francisco, California

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Golden Gate National Recreation Area

San Francisco, CA 94123

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  • 5 mentions in Where should I visit if we have 4 days in SF at the end of March?

    • jessica j.

      jessica j. said, "...1. Reserve/buy your ticket to Alcatraz at least 2 weeks in advance or else you might not have a chance to check it out. 2. Don't rent a car unless you want to travel outside of San Francisco. - Finding parking..." See More

    • Valerie A.

      Valerie A. said, "...Unfortunately, Alcatraz is booked months and months in advance! I would advise not renting a car, San Francisco is a walkable city. There's also BART, cabs, and Uber options :) I'm from the Bay Area and visited SF plenty of times..." See More

    • Emi D.

      Emi D. said, "...1. You definitely need Alcatraz tickets in advance! If they are sold out, you can get them as part of a city package.2. Don't get a car if you'll be in the city -- use the bus, a trolley pass, or..." See More

    • Abbie A.

      Abbie A. said, "...because they have a lot of public transportation that's easy to us there. I would look into getting a reservation for Alcatraz- it's an amazing visit if you can fit it in! I would definitely walk around the streets on..." See More

    • Angela L.

      Angela L. said, "...Yes you need reservations for Alcatraz, but it isn't booked months in advance only a few days or maybe a week or two depending on the time of year. I went last Friday and didn't get tickets until Tuesday of..." See More

  • 5 mentions in safe neighborhhoods convenient to attractions

    • Ed H.

      Ed H. said, "...of the other standard tourist activities aside from checking out the Golden Gate Bridge are Fisherman's Wharf and seeing sea lions, Alcatraz, riding one of the cable cars, and checking out the Ferry Building. Maybe Chinatown as well, though I'm..." See More

    • mariella u.

      mariella u. said, " a tad bit of a hassle during rush hours. Lots of food options too in places like San Mateo! Try Alcatraz Night tours, book early as its slots fill out fast. SF is known for nature sceneries as well, try..." See More

    • Dani D.

      Dani D. said, "...Golden Gate Heights Mosaic Stairway tiled step project which is a quick but awesome picture. I really liked the tour of Alcatraz; reserve ahead of time and it is only a couple of hours at that. They give you headphones..." See More

    • Clément R.

      Clément R. said, " able to walk everywhere. But transportation is quite easy in the city, especially with a combo BART/Muni and Uber/Lyft ! Alcatraz is definitely a must see. you'll get an awesome tour, plus amazing view of the bay and the city...." See More

    • Caroline B.

      Caroline B. said, "...a flat on Lombard Street, so it was in North Beach District. Really safe and nice area, with a beautiful view! Alcatraz was definitely one of my favorite places to go on the trip. If you go, I suggest doing the..." See More

  • 4 mentions in What are the top 5 can't miss tourist attractions in S.F.?

    • Konrad W.

      Konrad W. said, "...arrive and depart here as well. Three honorable mentions are the Golden Gate Park, the Painted Ladies in Alamo Square and Alcatraz. More importantly, the food and wine are incredible throughout the city. If you want a self-guided walking tour..." See More

    • Bailey K.

      Bailey K. said, "...this street! It gives you a good quick-view of the city. In the wharf, you can see the seals, Pier 39, Alcatraz, and the Golden Gate Bridge! This spot just has a great view of the water and great choices..." See More

    • Janelle K.

      Janelle K. said, "... Alcatraz. You get a nice view of San Francisco Bay on the boat ride, the prison's history is fascinating and the tours are a lot of fun...." See More

    • Spencer S.

      Spencer S. said, " San Francisco for a couple years and that was my favorite touristy thing to do, especially the night tour of Alcatraz. It's a really unique experience and the tour is just incredibly interesting if you're into history...." See More

  • 3 mentions in Top things to see in San Francisco & San Jose?

    • Michael M.

      Michael M. said, "...bridge. Then, from the other side (Marin area ). You can relax and hangout the Vista Point view of the City, Alcatraz, Angel Island , San Francisco – Oakland Bay Bridge, etc.). Head down to Sausalito for a lunch or..." See More

    • David D.

      David D. said, "...In San Francisco, the usual is Alcatraz (need to reserve ahead of time), the piers along the Embarcadero Center (Pier 39 being the most known - kind of tourist trap though), Golden Gate Park is beautiful and the golden gate bridge..." See More

    • Tal A.

      Tal A. said, "...Golden Gate Bridge California Academy of Sciences Alcatraz..." See More

  • 3 mentions in Weekend in San Fran- what should I do?

    • Cleon K.

      Cleon K. said, "...a bunch of hairpin turns, and is very interesting to look at or drive down.Coit Tower: Amazing 360-degree-views of the city. Alcatraz: The famous prison. Worth a visit.Sausalito: You can get there by a car or tourist bus. It's a..." See More

    • Miklos P.

      Miklos P. said, " see the views or go to Sausalito for example. Avoid time-consuming sightseeing activities like taking a boat across to visit Alcatraz it will take up an entire day. Maximize your time and plan to see things that are close to..." See More

    • Vanessa A.

      Vanessa A. said, "...Go to Alcatraz- great audio tour. Book your ticket in advanced!..." See More

  • 3 mentions in San Fransisco: Where to Stay, What to See

    • Peter R.

      Peter R. said, " up to Twin Peaks. Check it out during day or night, always awesome. Sausalito if you love arts and crafts Alcatraz best is to reserve up front as early as possible Treasure Island (San Francisco) great views of the city..." See More

    • Fritzi L.

      Fritzi L. said, "...good deal. Within the city, I highly recommend you visit the Cliff House for its tiimeless views, walk Ocean Beach, tour Alcatraz, visit Ferry Building Marketplace, take a Bay Cruise, enjoy the Haight-Ashbury, the Mission District, and do some food..." See More

    • mary t.

      mary t. said, " wonderful to explore with lots of options, the tulips may still be in bloom in March and they are beautiful. Alcatraz is a fun trip and pretty interesting. What type of activities are you looking for?..." See More

  • 3 mentions in Is Alcatraz worth visiting over a 3 day weekend?

    • Robert S.

      Robert S. said, "... Alcatraz is awesome. If you go, look up "Ranger Craig." Craig Glassner is a ranger on the island and he knows EVERYTHING about this very interesting national park. Here he is on Twitter: While you're in the area of the..." See More

    • Andy H.

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      Andy H. said, "...I had the same thought before I went to Alcatraz, and I ended up having a great time! The audio tour is definitely the way to go. The tour was very informative and really gave me an idea of what..." See More

    • Mel V.

      Mel V. said, "... Alcatraz is worth the visit! Be sure to take the audio tour. I really like to go in the late afternoon so I can be there when it begins to get dark. Get your reservation online well in advance. Bring a..." See More

  • 3 mentions in San Francisco - Top things to do with a teenager?

    • Dee B.

      Dee B. said, "...Cable Car. Then concentrate on Fisherman's Wharf/Pier 39 areas for entertainment. If you have enough time to get tickets, go to Alcatraz. If she's at all interested, the Exploratorium at Pier 15. You can get lost for hours in there...." See More

    • Cherie E.

      Cherie E. said, "...Rainforest Cafe or the Exploratorium and the Aquarium of the Bay. And it's fun to ride the Duck Boats or tour Alcatraz...." See More

    • Tiffany W.

      Tiffany W. said, "...bridge. She loves walking across the Golden Gate Bridge too and exploring the bunkers and hiking along the Marin Headlands. Yes, Alcatraz is amazing, but it books up months in advance in the summer, so look into it as soon as..." See More

  • 3 mentions in Scenic place to watch boats in SF?

    • Patrick R.

      Patrick R. said, "...the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park. There are a number of historic ships docked there as well fantastic views of Alcatraz in the distance. Then head west and walk over to the Marina District where lots of current day boats..." See More

    • Marc T.

      Marc T. said, "...deck and watching all of the boating activity, but you will also pass all of the SF Bay icons...Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, Angel Island, etc. An additional twist is to schedule return from Tiburon during sunset. What can go wrong,..." See More

    • Valerie A.

      Valerie A. said, "...Hey Kate! I love heading over to Fort Mason. You get a gorgeous view of the bay, Alcatraz, and the Golden Gate Bridge. Tip: when you get to Fort Mason, the best spot to watch the boats is at the..." See More

  • 2 mentions in Best area for photos of the Golden Gate?

    • Krista G.

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      Krista G. said, "...Field Favorited by locals, this strip of land along the water gives you great views of the Bay, GGB, and Alcatraz. Alcatraz Visiting Alcatraz Island gives you a great opportunity to snap the bridge - either from the island or during..." See More

    • Renate F.

      Renate F. said, "...Golden Gate Bridge (use the widest angle lens you've got) but for a great walk or run and awesome views of Alcatraz Island, too. And, on your walk toward the bridge, there's a Warming Hut Cafe where you can stop for..." See More

  • 2 mentions in 8 days in LA, does San Francisco worth a visit in such a short trip?

    • Renate F.

      Renate F. said, "...San Francisco? There are a few fun things to do that are iconic such as viewing the Golden Gate Bridge, visiting Alcatraz, taking in Fisherman's Wharf, perhaps riding a Cable Car, and driving down Lombard Street "the crookedest street in..." See More

    • Cara H.

      Cara H. said, "...recommend flying especially as there is no reason to have cars in either city. Use Uber! If you want to see Alcatraz be sure to buy your tickets in advance. We tried to get tickets a couple of days in advance..." See More

  • 2 mentions in 3 days in SF, what to do and where to eat?!

    • Maria R.

      Maria R. said, ", but some people suggested riding a bike through the bridge and then taking the Ferry back . Another suggestion was Alcatraz, but the tours were sold out so if interested, reserved in advance. I hear it is a great..." See More

    • lola o.

      lola o. said, "...You have to do Alcatraz, that was the highlight of our trip!..." See More

  • 2 mentions in What tourist traps around the world are worth the visit?

    • Renate F.

      Renate F. said, "...wholeheartedly with others who have chosen the Eiffel Tower, Venice, the Accademia di belle arti where Michelangelo's breathtaking David stands, and Alcatraz Island. Another place teeming with tourists but well-worth the visit is Amsterdam - Dam Square, the main city square..." See More

    • Adam M.

      Adam M. said, "... Alcatraz Now whenever I see the iconic SF skyline and the island on films and TV I can remember the experience of crossing the bay and exploring this amazing national park...." See More

  • 2 mentions in Alcatraz- do you have to purchase tickets in advance?

    • Krista G.

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      Krista G. said, "...Hi Michele, Alcatraz is a super popular attraction in SF, and what you've heard is true - it's impossible to get tickets day of, and still difficult to get them days in advance! I highlight suggest buying tickets a month before..." See More

    • Martha C.

      Martha C. said, "...You do have to purchase ferry ticket to go to Alcatraz. There's a ticket booth to purchase ticket on site, however, it's not guarantee that it would be available. Yes, the best thing is to purchase ahead of time so..." See More

  • 2 mentions in 3 Months in SF

    • Mimi W.

      Mimi W. said, "...avoid the crowds. Avoid Fisherman's Wharf at all costs. But do venture there just one day to catch the ferry to Alcatraz because it is a great tour. Grab pizza Arinell Pizza Inc. Venture over to Chestnut St in the marina..." See More

    • Elliott L.

      Elliott L. said, "...need a car. I would suggest renting a bike and then using public transportation. The Main things (in no particular order): Alcatraz Fisherman's Wharf Conservatory of Flowers California Academy of Sciences De Young Museum San Francisco Museum of Modern Art San..." See More

  • 2 mentions in 3 Weeks Excursions in State Of California

    • christina l.

      christina l. said, " There's California's Great America for an amusement park, Raging Waters not too far away, and also the unique adventure of Alcatraz. Or the calmer and more literary Jack London State Historic Park . If it lines up with Gilroy's..." See More

    • Shrirang J.

      Shrirang J. said, "...Francisco city (2 days) Ripley's Believe It or Not! Museum Coit Tower San Francisco Chinatown Ghirardelli Square Shopping Center Pier 39 Alcatraz Golden Gate Park Lombard Street There are no end to the list of places for shopping - Factory outlets..." See More

  • 2 mentions in Best activities for kids

    • Chris K.

      Chris K. said, "...the California Academy of Sciences if they're into fish and reptiles. Pier 39 has the aquarium, but I think it's overrated. Alcatraz? What kids wouldn't like prison tours?..." See More

    • Debby C.

      Debby C. said, " for kids. You can also walk along The Embarcadero to Fisherman's Wharf, which is very touristy, but fun for kids. Alcatraz has night tours that are awesome. Google it and book tickets online ahead of time though. They sell out...." See More

  • 2 mentions in What to do for a day and a half in San Francisco?

    • Krista G.

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      Krista G. said, "...Arts, Presidio and Yoda Fountain, as well as Crissy Field - which provides great views of the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz .North Beach is very close to the Marina and will give you easy access to Ghiradelli Square, Pier 39,..." See More

    • Gregor C.

      Gregor C. said, "...from there to Sausalito & return. Much cheaper and more fun than the commercial "Bay Cruises". Check out the views of Alcatraz& Angel Island enroute. Upon landing, you can walk along the frontage road in beautiful Sausalito (West Coast's French..." See More

  • 2 mentions in Looking for 2-3 cheap, and fun activities in the SF area

    • Krista G.

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      Krista G. said, "...find these tiny boats next to Joe's Crab Shack Fishermans Wharf by Pier 39. The hour tour will take you around Alcatraz and under the Golden Gate Bridge - a super cool experience for locals and visitors! Hope this helps and..." See More

    • Eric K.

      Eric K. said, "...It may sound touristy but the Alcatraz cruise and tour is well worth it. Also a short hike at the Lands End trail gives great views. The De Young Museum is a great place to visit as well...." See More

  • 2 mentions in What I can't miss in San Francisco in 4 days?

    • Phil L.

      Phil L. said, "...the L Taravel Street car out to the beach, zoo. If you have time you might take the boat out to Alcatraz, it is run by the National Park Service and you can relive the day of the bad guys..." See More

    • Krista G.

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      Krista G. said, "...some can't-miss faves: Visit Palace of Fine Arts at nightTake a $15 boat ride under the Golden Gate Bridge and around Alcatraz. You can find these individually owned boats right across from Joe's Crab Shack Fishermans Wharf Get burritos at..." See More

  • 1 mention in New York/San Fran adventure for two 25y/o friends

    • Spencer S.

      Spencer S. said, " a lot of it in like 3-4 days, like Golden Gate Park, Golden Gate Bridge, Ferry Building Marketplace, Coit Tower, Alcatraz, and eat all of the food, and then get out of the city and do something like a..." See More

  • 1 mention in Road trip from LA to Seattle

    • Carla D.

      Carla D. said, "...Francisco - I have been here a few times, so many attractions to note. But here are my favorites: Ghiradelli Square Alcatraz Cable Car Lombard Street Fisherman's Wharf Golden Gate Bridge Cliff House - See the Painted Ladies for a classic..." See More

  • 1 mention in Best things to see for one day in San Francisco?

    • Kelly D.

      Kelly D. said, "...If you're in SF for a day, I would avoid the tourist traps. Keep away from Pier 39, wave hello to Alcatraz from the shore, and don't -- please don't -- wait in line to ride a crowded cable car. Instead,..." See More

  • 1 mention in Traveling in June with 18 year old girls - what can we do in 4 days?!

    • Phil L.

      Phil L. said, " can rent bikes and bike across it, then ride down to Sausalito and take the ferry back to the city. Alcatraz, book tickets in advance to get best times or not be turned away due to closed bookings. Union..." See More

  • 1 mention in Best things to see between San Francisco and Petaluma

    • Andrea A.

      Andrea A. said, "...Here are my favorites: 1. Giant redwoods Muir Woods Visitor Center 2. Stinson Beach 3. Golden Gate Bridge 4. Alcatraz 5. Forbes Island (Don't tell your kids what's happening! The looks on their faces will be priceless as you go up..." See More

  • 1 mention in This is on my bucket list. Fill my brain with info on what to do!

    • Peter C.

      Peter C. said, " Luckily, it's hard to find a bad meal in SF -- try OpenTable's ratings. 3.) Get tix IN ADVANCE for Alcatraz or you won't get them -- consider going at night! Twin Peaks Blvd is a must for the view..." See More

  • 1 mention in What stops should I make for views, sights, and food along 101 from Newport, Oregon to Legget, California?

    • Zach W.

      Zach W. said, "...- Worthy of its own post. This is a HUGE and AMAZING city. Some parts to check out include Fisherman's Wharf, Alcatraz, Ferry Building, Marina District, Union Square, Hayes Valley, Golden Gate Park, Golden Gate Bridge, Fillmore St, Haight-Ashbury, Mission..." See More

  • 1 mention in Weekend ideas for a long weekend in San Francisco?

    • Brett M.

      Brett M. said, "...Fisherman's Wharf, Ghirardelli Square Shopping Center, Alcatraz are all fun places to spend time in SF and relatively low cost...." See More

  • 1 mention in San Francisco Hidden Gems

    • Lynn F.

      Lynn F. said, "...If you can get on the night tour of Alcatraz... usually you have to book well in advance, but worth a try. A walk across the Golden Gate Bridge is cool... and I do mean cool! Dress warmly!..." See More

  • 1 mention in Where is the best neighborhood to stay in San Francisco?

    • Debbie L.

      Debbie L. said, "...There's also an In-N-Out Burger there if you like burgers. It's a well-loved chain of burger restaurants that's mostly in California. Alcatraz: You can take a ferry over to this old prison island. It's pretty fascinating. Golden Gate Bridge :..." See More

  • 1 mention in Attractions in San Francisco for Honeymoon

    • Bernard F.

      Bernard F. said, "...visit the Japanese Tea GardenThere's also some great restaurants over by the park around the intersection of 9th and Irving St. Alcatraz of course, not romantic per se (although you ride a ferry over), but you MUST reserve your tickets in..." See More

  • 1 mention in Best missions to see & other good activities for kids

    • Zelinda Z.

      Zelinda Z. said, "...on the Monterey Bay, visit Fisherman's Wharf and visit the Aquarium! Other things to do with kids in San Francisco - Alcatraz is a huge draw for all ages - get tickets in advance as it sells out - Angel Island..." See More

  • 1 mention in Best activities for tweens in San Francisco?

    • John S.

      John S. said, "...over to Fisherman's Wharf for a walk-away crab cocktail. After, go to the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park. Take the Alcatraz tour and/or a tour of Angel Island State Park. There is a lot to do and see at the..." See More

  • 1 mention in Budget itinerary up the CA coast- what to do, eat, and see?

    • Josh B.

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      Josh B. said, "...I also really enjoyed the Japanese Tea GardenOther places to see in San Fran would be Haight-Ashburywhere the hippy movement began. Alcatraz has a very cool audio tour where you can hear all the famous criminals talking and telling you stories..." See More

  • 1 mention in Restaurant/Food Recs in Financial District?

    • Marc T.

      Marc T. said, "...there is a cocktail party on the boat every night with commuters, you get a great tour of the bay, see Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge from the water, and the return trip faces SF at sunset when the city..." See More

  • 1 mention in San Fran all the way to San Diego 5 friends one car what do we need to do!

    • Jane C.

      Jane C. said, "...LA and go inland to Paso Robles--the semi-unknown wine area of the Central Coast with about 320 wineries. AWESOME!!!! In SF: Alcatraz is a must. I recommend a walking tour of San Francisco Chinatown, it is a behind the scenes tour..." See More

  • 1 mention in 14 days to travel in CA...need advice on an itinerary please

    • Laurie P.

      Laurie P. said, "...its landscape. Some scattershot suggestions: the hop on/hop off bus in San Francisco is a fantastic way to see the city. Alcatraz requires advance reservations. If Hearst Castle is still doing night tours in September and you happen to be driving..." See More

  • 1 mention in Memorable dining experiences with a view in SF for Father's Day?

    • Steve S.

      Steve S. said, "...Or just head down to Pier 39 on Fisherman's Wharf and go to fog harbour. Great view of the bay and Alcatraz and you can walk down the pier afterwards...." See More

  • 1 mention in What would you do if you only had 1 or 2 days in this amazing city and you've already been to Alcatraz and Fisherman's Wharf?

    • JR J.

      JR J. said, "...a lot of fun. it's $12 each way, but imo worth it to get out on the bay. You'll cruise by Alcatraz and you can walk around shop/eat in Sausalito. If you only have 1 day, you might not be able..." See More

  • 1 mention in Where to go in SF this weekend?

    • Krista G.

      Trippy Ambassadors are elite members of the community, hand picked to help you travel better! Interested? E-mail us at

      Krista G. said, "...nearby.Crissy Field is a beautiful place that locals love. It will give you awesome views of the Bay, Golden Gate Bridgeand Alcatraz. The popular Ghiradelli Square isn't too far away if you walk along Marina Blvd and through Fort Mason.Lands..." See More

  • 1 mention in How to see San Francisco like a local?

    • Mark S.

      Mark S. said, "... Alcatraz tour at night is way better than the ones in the day and you get a beautiful view of the City. A walking tour I would recommend would be to start at the Ferry Building for breakfast. Then head through..." See More

  • 1 mention in What are some unusual things to do in San Francisco?

    • Lynn F.

      Lynn F. said, "...Night tour of Alcatraz. Reservations required. Very popular...." See More

  • 1 mention in Top 3 Must-do/eat/sees - Touristy Stuff!

  • 1 mention in What are good restaurants and sights walking distance from Motel Capri?

    • Krista G.

      Trippy Ambassadors are elite members of the community, hand picked to help you travel better! Interested? E-mail us at

      Krista G. said, "...(healthy fare) and Judy's Cafe for good brunch (cash only!). Additionally, check out: Crissy Field: Great views of the bridge and Alcatraz !Presidio: Home to Lucas Films, if you like Star Wars. :)Palace of Fine Arts: My favorite place in the..." See More

  • 1 mention in 2 days in San Francisco

    • Spencer S.

      Spencer S. said, "...the $200 range. Definitely go to Amoeba Music for vinyl. If you're wanting a little more intimate and unique take on Alcatraz, consider doing the night tour...." See More

  • 1 mention in Advice for a 2 weeks holiday in the West Cost

    • Joelle H.

      Joelle H. said, "...these websites don't raise prices based on your recent searches. Never been to San Francisco, but I recommend Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz and Pier 39 as these are very popular in that area. As for San Diego I recommend Coronado Beach..." See More

  • 1 mention in What is the best way to spend 2 days in San Francisco?

    • Kristal S.

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      Kristal S. said, "...grab some sandwiches from Ike's Place (2 blocks away) and sit and enjoy the sun the way the locals do. - Alcatraz is fun to see in my opinion - especially if you want to do touristy things. For this, you..." See More

  • 1 mention in Weekend with parents ideas needed

    • Bob C.

      Bob C. said, "...some time checking out the shops and eating spots and then tanking a ferry back to SF. You go right by Alcatraz on the ferry! Walk SF and ride the Cable Cars!..." See More

  • 1 mention in What are the best and most interesting things to do for a week in SF?

    • Lynn F.

      Lynn F. said, "...across the Golden Gate Bridge (dress warmly); if you do the motorcycle thing, go to Point Reyes; hike on Angel Island; Alcatraz is almost a must... very interesting (the night tour must be arranged in advance, but I hear its very..." See More

  • 1 mention in So much to see and do, so little time.

    • Judy J.

      Judy J. said, "...your way there, and that it's not very pretty). Catch the ferry back from Sausalito to Fisherman's Wharf, by way of Alcatraz (you don't stop there, but you can see it from the ferry). On the way to the GGB, you..." See More

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