No visit to San Francisco would be complete without a tour of Alcatraz. I highly recommend taking the night tour. Be sure to book your tickets in advance via Alcatraz Cruises) as they sell out weeks in advance. They are the only official ticket provider and any tickets purchased elsewhere are merely AC tickets re-packaged.
A Day in San Francisco:
3:30 PM - 9:00 PM
- Ferry to Azkaban, I mean Alcatraz
- Night Tour of "The Rock" (AMAZING!)
- Ferry back to the mainland
From the ferry ride to the island
Old photos of inmates at Alcatraz
Each corridor and space has a nickname: Broadway, Times Square, etc
Cool staircase at The Rock
The key system: When requested the key was sent down to the prison floor via the rope and hook
The Gun Galley at the top (where the guards kept vigil, behind the metal bars)
Photos of friend Jesika, who came to visit for the weekend and let me test out my new 50mm 1.4 lens on her
How about THAT sunset!
The reception desk to the prison
Can't you just picture inmates staring out at the world from these windows in lonely desperation...
Sunset view through the frosted glass blocks of Alcatraz
View of the Golden Gate Bridge through the frosted glass blocks
The hydro "therapy" chamber in the hospital wing...creepy!
The Hospital wing of the prison, one of the areas open for the night tour -- very, very cool
Not any hospital I'd want to visit...
There are all sorts of after hours lectures and extra features on the night tour -- very, very cool
Last shot of the hospital ward
This is my favorite shot from the day. Isn't it crazy creepy? Yah.
The prison at night