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Alcatraz Island is located in San Francisco Bay very close to the city. It was a US military prison there until 1907 when it became a maximum-security prison. Alcatraz now is a part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. All San Francisco visitors want to go to Alcatraz, where on a small piece of rock wonders of nature as well as american history are concentrated. Get into a prison at least once in your life:
Alcatraz Virtual Tour.
Go all around the Island and Prison,
Visit every corner. 725 pictures in the Interactive Tour
Here is the virtual tour on CD-ROM:
But the truth is that no matter how attractive the name of the island sounds, it is mostly cold and windy there, very sad. It is good as well to enjoy views of the famous island from outside:
Alcatraz is a prominent landmark enhancing the bay views from many San Francisco locations.
Here I present multiple views of Alcatraz. Click on a picture and interactively tour around the place. This click starts a virtual walk around San Francisco from that location. It takes some time to download the java applet, but you will be rewarded.
Alcatraz views from Hyde Street Pier ( large pictures )
Alcatraz picture from Coit Tower.
You may jump right to the Fisherman's Wharf from here.
Picture from the pedestrian overpass to Pier 39.
Alcatraz island picture from Pier 39.
Turn and go left to watch Sea Lions.
Alcatraz picture from Pier 41.
Alcatraz picture taken from Jeremiah O'Brien.
Start your tour of the ship here.
View from the end of Pier 45.
Alcatraz from intersection of Hyde Street and Lombard Street.
Turn right to walk down the Lombard Street curves.
Go forward to the Aquatic park and Jefferson Street
View from the Ghirardelli balcony
Alcatraz view from San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park municipal pier.
Alcatraz Island picture and San Francisco downtown view from Fort Point.
This Alcatraz Picture is taken from Golden Gate Bridge.
View south from Marina county.
Bay Bridge and the Treasure Island are on the right.
View from Battery construction N129 site.
Golden Gate Bridge, Curby Cove, San Francisco downtown.
View from Twin Peaks. Alcatraz is in center
Buena Vista park at Haight Ashbury area is in front.
1859 - A fort at the island is established. Large guns were installed at the batteries to protect approaches to San Francisco.
1907 - The fort became a military prison.
1934-1963 - The prison served as a maximum security prison.
1969 - The island was seized by members of the American Indian Movement.
1971 - The group was expelled.
Take a ferry from Fisherman's Wharf -
Blue and Gold Fleet. Buy tickets here.
Aerial image from Terraserver
- My name is Click. San Francisco Click, a Virtual Tour Magazine. I have made it! It is awkward to say: "Welcome to a prison", OK, welcome to one of the most known islands in US - Alcatraz. It is a pleasure to be your guide! If you would like, you can immerse yourself in a 725 Large-pictures Alcatraz Virtual Tour on a CD-ROM:
(I have a large San Francisco tour CD-ROM as well)
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