Alcatraz Island in the middle of San Francisco Bay was once a famous prison, which really is not the kind of place you would imagine tourists wanting to visit. However, Alcatraz is now one of the most popular attractions in all of San Francisco. Even the locals enjoy visiting the island and taking a tour of what is left of this historic old prison, also known as “The Rock” that is now under the jurisdiction of the National Park Service. To reach the island, you can catch a ferry or decide to do the Day Tour, which includes round trip transportation. There are cheap hotels in San Francisco near Alcatraz Island. Having accommodations close by may make the difference in whether you get a ticket for an island tour on a particular day, as they sell out quickly. You can also reserve tickets in advance.
Alcatraz Cruises can also transport you to the island. Once there, you’ll discover there is much to see. There is an audio tour of Alcatraz Island available for an extra charge. You may also be interested in taking the Night Tour, which has a different tour from the daytime offering, with activities included as well. Look into the bargain hotels near Alcatraz Island in San Francisco for a comfortable room close to all the history at The Rock.