Alcatraz
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Alcatraz tickets and tours

Officially, nobody has ever escaped from Alcatraz. Unofficially, many people believe that Frank Lee Morris – a lifetime criminal – achieved the imposs...

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2 Days
Tour with audio guide
History & heritage tours

Your tour will begin near Alcatraz Landing, where you’ll meet your guide and pick-up your tickets. Before boarding the ferry, your guide wil...

Duration
4 hours
Free cancellation
Available in: English
Bus tours
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Enjoy a four-hour guided tour of San Francisco. At each stop, you’ll have the chance to get off the bus for photo ops at your favorite sight...

Duration
6 hours 30 minutes
Available in: English
Day trips & excursions
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Travel across the Golden Gate Bridge and through the stunning coastal mountains of Marin County, taking in the magnificent views of the San ...

Duration
6 hours 30 minutes
Available in: English
Cruises and boat tours

Enjoy fantastic views and photo ops at famous locations on this four-hour narrated tour of San Francisco. You'll see the iconic Golden Gate ...

Duration
5 hours 30 minutes
Free cancellation
Available in: English
Day trips & excursions

How could a Muir Woods tour be better? Combine it with a Sonoma Wine Country tour and a trip to Alcatraz!Day 1 - Alcatraz day tour and Aquar...

Duration
48 hours
Free cancellation
Available in: English
Day trips & excursions

Day 1: Alcatraz and the Aquarium Spend as much time as you'd like at the Aquarium of the Bay, located at Pier 39. Then, when it’s time for y...

Duration
48 hours
Free cancellation
Available in: English

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The inside story

Officially, nobody has ever escaped from Alcatraz. Unofficially, many people believe that Frank Lee Morris – a lifetime criminal – achieved the impossible in 1962 after two years as a prisoner there. His amazing story was made into the famous 1979 Clint Eastwood movie, Escape from Alcatraz.

Morris had already escaped from a number of prisons when he arrived on The Rock in 1960. With a few other convicts, he began to collect materials to make tools that would be used to dig into the prison’s ventilation system. The group also fabricated rafts from raincoats, lifelike dummies, and even an electric drill from a vacuum cleaner motor.

On the day of the escape, Morris’s group emerged from a vent on the roof and climbed down a pipe. They were never seen again. Some say that the men drowned in the cold waters of San Francisco Bay, although no bodies were definitively identified. A ship did report seeing a corpse wearing prison-style clothing, but this emerged only months later and the FBI concluded that the escape attempt had failed.

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