One and a half miles from Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco amidst the playful call of sea lions waiting for the next fish to be thrown lies the less playful island of Alcatraz. It’s somewhat menacing view is a landmark attraction for the city of San Francisco and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1986. Every day hundreds of tourists line up at Pier 33 to take the ferry ride across the bay and soak in the history and mystery that the island provides.
Alcatraz has a storied past. Often referred to as “The Rock”, the small island boasts a lighthouse, military fortifications, and a federal prison building which operated from 1933 to 1963. Some infamous inmates include Al “Scarface” Capone, Harvey “The Dean of American Bank Robbers” Bailey, George “Machine Gun Kelly” Barnes, and Robert “Birdman” Stroud amongst others. Alcatraz was designed to be a minimum-privilege maximum-security prison where even the most rebellious prisoners might learn the error of their ways. Anything beyond the basics of food, shelter, clothing, and medical care was considered something that had to be earned with good behavior and adherence to the prison’s strict guidelines.
The isolated island and harsh punishment doled out to prisoners combined at some point to bring a host of tales regarding tortured inmates and their embittered spirits haunting the halls of the institution. One in particular, Cell 14D is a stark “hole” cell; it was used for punishment and is claimed to be very active with spirits. Visitors and employees have reported an intense cold that pervades the area with not only chill but a sudden heightened sense of ones surroundings. For the full and gruesome tale you’ll have to ride that ferry across the misty waters of the bay and find out the details for yourself.
To further that goal when visiting San Francisco be aware that only Alcatraz Cruises operating out of Pier 33 are officially able to disembark on Alcatraz Island. They offer tours starting at 8:45 a.m. and continuing throughout the day. The daily tours are $30 and they also offer a special Night experience for $37. Several special programs are offered at night and you can experience the magnificent sunset and beautiful views of San Francisco as night falls. This San Francisco attraction is a must see for any history buff, crime connoisseur, or anyone looking to soak in all this amazing city has to offer. Contact Nationwide Limousine Service today at 800-339-8936 and let us drive you to the pier in style with a luxury limo, party bus, classic car, or stretch SUV limousine!