Alcatraz Island

page 2


More Alcatraz
tips and insights

Famouss prisoners

Celebrated "involuntary guests" at this penal complex in San Francisco Bay included Prohibition-era gangster Al Capone and the "Birdman of Alcatraz" Robert Shroud.

Official rules

Life could be tough for detainees. The official rules stated that they were entitled to food, clothing, shelter and medical attention - and anything else was a privilege that one must earn by good behavior. This included recreational activities.


And then there was the psychological distress of seeing the inviting lights of the city just two kilometers (1.2 miles) away. And, if the wind was accommodating, the sounds of people having a good time could be heard.


More than a million tourists visit Alcatraz annually. Their sole means of transportation is a ferry, which departs from Fisherman's Wharf. Be aware that tickets can be sold out up to a week or more in advance in the summer, so book ahead.

Learn More

for Alcatraz Island tips - Page 3

Learn my other
America tips & insights

America Wonders - Complete list
America wonder map
Top 10 Famous American foods


Photo by US Geographical Survey - PD



Share this page

World's Top 100 Wonders
World's Top 1000 Wonders

Site map
My credentials
About my website and criteria
Reader testimonials