• Visitor during the evening tour of Alcatraz gaze into the many cells that line up the corridor known as

    Alcatraz Island


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There is no lodging available on Alcatraz Island. Lodging is available in the City of San Francisco, and the surrounding Bay Area. The ferry terminal is located near the Fisherman's Wharf area and is easily accessed from most hotels in the city using public transportation (visit the MUNI "New Riders" website to plan your route to Pier 33 on The Embarcadero). For area lodging information visit the Only in San Francisco Official Visitors Site.

Did You Know?

Military prison under construction on Alcatraz.

In 1909 the U.S. Army began construction on the largest reinforced concrete structure in the world - a new military prison necessary because of a large influx of U.S. soldiers convicted of crimes in the Philippines. This building would become the famous U.S. Penitentiary Alcatraz in 1934.