Alcatraz N.P., San Francisco
Fondest memory: Unfortunately we did not have time to go see Alcatraz Island. I hope next time we will. Visible from the mainland, the island was once a federal prison. There are many ferries that go to Alcatraz from San Francisco (docks located near Fisherman's Wharf and Pier 39).
We did a night tour at Alcatraz and I really enjoyed it. On the way over to the island the sun was about to set behind the Golden Gate Bridge...great picture.
The tour itself was very entertaining and interesting, so well worth the money and time.
Fondest memory: The Giants match we watched was great, especially for a European like myself...we don't have baseball games like that.
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.
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!!