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Alcatraz Tours

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There is plenty to keep any visitor to San Francisco entertained, busy, and happy without ever needing to get out into the San Francisco Bay - but what is a trip to this great city without an Alcatraz tour? Sure, there was a time when the inmates of this famous prison island wanted nothing more than to get away from it, but these days Alcatraz tours are one of the most popular things to do when you visit the City by the Bay.

If you are interested in taking one of the Alcatraz tours when you are in San Francisco, the good news is that you have many options to choose from. In fact, while you can certainly take a dedicated Alcatraz tour that just goes out to the island, lets you lead yourself around the prison with an audio-tour, and then takes you back to the mainland, there are several great tours which not only offer a close-up look at Alcatraz but also at other famous landmarks in the city as well.

With some of the Alcatraz tours you will find listed here, you can combine a visit to the island with a day-trip to the great Muir Woods and Giant Redwoods - both of which may be a welcome breath of fresh air after touring the prison! Some of the Alcatraz tours stick closer to San Francisco, with additional stops at places like Chinatown, Fisherman's Wharf, North Beach, and the famous Golden Gate Bridge.

The duration of these tours of Alcatraz will vary, from a couple of hours to a 7-hour day trip. The prices vary as well, although there are some great deals on day-trips that include stops in addition to Alcatraz for less than $70 for the entire day. And when a 2-hour tour of just the prison island is just over $61, you might as well throw in a few extra stops for a few more dollars!