Alcatraz Island

This former high-maximum security federal penitentiary is located on Alcatraz Island in the San Francisco Bay 1.25 miles off the coast. Famously known for housing some of the nation's most notorious criminals, Alcatraz was in operation from 1933-1963 and is frequently called "The Rock." The U.S. National Historic Landmark that is an extremely popular tourist attraction also contains the oldest functioning lighthouse on the country's West Coast, former military forts and rock pools. Landmarks include the Lighthouse, Warden's House, Main Cell House, Officer's Club, Water Tower, Dining Hall and Recreation Yard. Hop on a cruise across the San Francisco Bay to experience the beauty, history and infamy of this prison island on an Alcatraz tour.

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Golden Gate Bridge

The world-famous remarkable Art Deco reddish-orange suspension bridge that crosses the Golden Gate Strait is a symbol of San Francisco and one of the most photographed bridges in the world. The Golden Gate Bridge opened in 1937 after almost four years of construction and its main engineer Joseph Strauss wrote a poem entitled "A Mighty Task is Done" about its completion. The Golden Gate Bridge Pavilion opened in 2012 as an on-site visitor's center for the structure's 75th anniversary and the 8,981-foot bridge attracts approximately 12 million people annually.

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  • San Francisco Bay
  • Palace of Fine Arts
  • Lombard Street
  • Twin Peaks
  • Silicon Valley
  • University of California Berkeley
  • Golden Gate Park
  • Chinatown, SF

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