Alcatraz N.P., San Francisco
Alcatraz island - I know it's a really touristy thing to do, but go on one of the tours. They're very informative if a bit chilling in places!
Fondest memory: The relaxed atmosphere - it feels like a very safe city. I know this may not be true, but I always felt fine there.
go to Alcatraz! Anyone who has seen any of the five films about this place, will want to know and touch the real thing. Last time I was in S.F., the last in-plane movie had Sean Connery as an ex- British Secret Service agent who is allowed out of prison to help Nicholas Cage prevent a group of renegage U.S. soldiers firing rockets with nerve gas at the city.
Fondest memory: Doing the tourist things, visiting Pier 39, the shops, visiting the places I'd seen as a child in films like Dirty Harry and Magnum force, The Presidium and of course, The Streets of San Francisco starring Karl Malden and a young Michael Douglas.
Favorite thing: We really wanted to take a boat from Pier 39 to Alcatraz and enjoy the view, but we ran out of time.. Next time I'd love to visit Alcatraz instead of just watching it from afar!!
Favorite thing: Alcatraz Island, which operated as an 'escape-proof' prison from 1933 to 1963. Al Capone, 'Machine Gun' Kelly and Robert Stroud, the 'birdman of Alcatraz,' were among the prison's unsavory residents.
Favorite thing: The 'Rock'. Alcatraz Prison out in San Franciso Bay. It was a military prison from 1859 to 1933 and then a federal prison until 1963.
Favorite thing: The isolation block, with the small totally darkened cells at the very end. Also the coldest block in Alcatraz.