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Alcatraz

Posted on February 26, 2010 by under Travel.    

Photo highlights from our Alcatraz tour…

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Brian

Brian, Ching and Becca

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Alcatraz Group Photo

Alcatraz was definitely one of the highlights of our San Francisco trip. It’s one of the items on Brian’s bucket list that he can finally cross off. He was adamant about going and told Jay, Becca and I several times that he would never be able to forgive us if we made him miss the Alcatraz tour. LOL.

The cool thing about the Alcatraz tour is that it is self-guided. The ferry takes you to the island and, once there, you’re pretty much free to explore on your own. There are several areas that are blocked off though, for safety reasons. You can spend as much or as little time as you like on the island. Ferries travel back and forth between the pier and Alcatraz every 30 minutes and you can return at any time.

There is a guide booklet that is available for a dollar and there’s a short informational video about Alcatraz. However, it’s the audio tour that is not to be missed. It takes about an hour or so to complete (longer if you keep pausing to take pictures like we did). LOL.

We boarded the 9:30 AM ferry and the four of us spent almost three hours touring, exploring and taking photos on the island. We probably could have returned to the pier by noon, but we missed that last ferry so we had to wait for the next one. I took 200+ pictures during our Alcatraz adventure. I couldn’t post them all here, but if you want to check them out visit my Alcatraz set on Flickr. Enjoy.

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