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Alcatraz Island offers a close-up look at the site of the first lighthouse and US built fort on the West Coast, the infamous federal penitentiary long off-limits to the public, and the history making 18 month occupation by Indians of All Tribes.


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Visiting Alcatraz Island is one of the most rewarding experiences of any trip to San Francisco. However, visitors who wish to visit the prison and island grounds must secure reservations. For over a decade, the National Park Service has implemented a reservation system, which is much different from ...


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Following the acquisition of California by the United States as a result of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo (1848) which ended the Mexican–American War, and the onset of the California Gold Rush the following year, the U.S. Army began studying the suitability of Alcatraz Island for the positioning of coastal batteries to protect the ...


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The official website and only source for tour tickets to Alcatraz Island Always the lowest prices guaranteed Alcatraz Cruises is the official concessioner to the National Park Service, offering tickets and transportation to Alcatraz Island.


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Once on the island, visitors can explore at their own pace with the self-guided cellhouse audio tour (included in admission). You'll also find National Park Service exhibits, video presentations, docent- and ranger-led guided tours, and special programs that vary by season.


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Visiting Alcatraz Island. Access to Alcatraz Island is provided by a private ferry company that is under contract with the National Park Service - Alcatraz Cruises LLC.


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The island's most famous prisoner was probably Robert Stroud, the so-called "Birdman of Alcatraz" who spent 54 years of his life behind bars.


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The National Park Service maintains 59 different national parks in America spanning nearly all 50 states. BUT, did you know that there are also


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The National Park System of the United States is the collection of physical properties owned or administered by the National Park Service.The collection includes all national parks and most national monuments, as well as several other types of protected areas of the United States.