A Day in San Francisco: Night Tour of "The Rock" (Alcatraz)

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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 repackaged.

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

Aboard the ferry to Alcatraz Island
From the ferry ride to the island

Old photos of inmates at Alcatraz Island
Old photos of inmates at Alcatraz

Each corridor and space inside Alcatraz has a nickname: Broadway, Times Square, etc
Each corridor and space has a nickname: Broadway, Times Square, etc

Cool staircase at Alcatraz
Cool staircase at The Rock


The Alcatraz key system: When requested the key was sent down to the prison floor via the rope and hook
The key system: When requested the key was sent down to the prison floor via the rope and hook

The Gun Galley of Alcatraz is at the top (where the guards kept vigil, behind the metal bars)
The Gun Galley at the top (where the guards kept vigil, behind the metal bars)


Metal walkways and railings inside Alcatraz aka The Rock

Weathered door to the Alcatraz courtyard outside



Photos of friend Jesika, who came to visit for the weekend and let me test out my new 50mm 1.4 lens on her

Sunset as seen from Alcatraz Island

How about THAT sunset!

The reception desk to Alcatraz prison
The reception desk to the prison

Can't you just picture the Alcatraz inmates staring out at the world from these windows in lonely desperation...
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
Sunset view through the frosted glass blocks of Alcatraz

View of the Golden Gate Bridge through the frosted glass blocks of Alcatraz
View of the Golden Gate Bridge through the frosted glass blocks


The hydro
The hydro "therapy" chamber in the hospital wing...creepy!

The Hospital wing of Alcatraz prison, one of the areas open for the night tour
The Hospital wing of the prison, one of the areas open for the night tour -- very, very cool


The hospital ward of Alcatraz
Not any hospital I'd want to visit...

Old exam table in the hospital ward of Alcatraz
Exam table


There are all sorts of after hours lectures and extra features on the night tour of Alcatraz
There are all sorts of after hours lectures and extra features on the night tour -- very, very cool

The hospital ward of Alcatraz
Last shot of the hospital ward


The hospital ward of Alcatraz
This is my favorite shot from the day. Isn't it crazy creepy? Yah.

Alcatraz at night
The prison at night

Have you ever been to Alcatraz?

Christy

A girl juggling a job, a camera and an extreme case of wanderlust...

Travel junkie, ex-shippie, photog, reader, writer, video editor & yummy brownie baker. Workflow: Canon/Kindle/Mac/FCP/AE/PS/Bowl/Oven. Countries: 46 //LDS

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0 # Natalie 2014-10-21 07:45
Never been but would love to go after seeing the film with Nicholas Cage
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0 # Christy 2012-07-26 22:38
Thanks!! I'm kind of in love with that lens.
I can't believe you've never been to Alcatraz! I really love going on that tour, it never gets old. Definitely try to go next time!!
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0 # Derek Freal 2012-07-26 21:56
Fantastic photos..your new lens passes the test! You know, despite my four or five visits to San Francisco, somehow I have never quite made it out to the Rock.. :(
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