There are many incredible places to visit in San Francisco. But Alcatraz Island is a place where you will find culture, history, and a blend of information about Alcatraz prison. The island is 1.25 miles from San Francisco and was established for strategic purposes with a lighthouse and a military wall. The island also had a federal and military prison from 1934 to 1963, which later known as the ‘Alcatraz Prison.’ Today, the Alcatraz prison is famous worldwide, and every year thousands of domestic and international tourists come to visit the island and prison.
In 1986, Alcatraz became part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. The Alcatraz prison is located in the frigid waters of the San Francisco Bay and was home to the most dangerous and wanted criminals. The prison was also named as the rock, and there have been numerous Hollywood movies based on the stories of Alcatraz prison. The island got popular because there were 14 attempts to escape, but no one ever managed to escape from the prison. The prison was shut down in 1963 because its operational cost was much bigger than other prisons in the country.
Segway and Alcatraz tour is perfect for exploring San Francisco. Segway is a small motorized two-wheel vehicle that allows moving smoothly around the town. Segway is a self-balancing vehicle that uses a gyroscope to keep you steady, and a person can also run it in the direction he wants to go. The Segway is part of green vehicle transportation and mostly used in a big warehouse and industrial factories.
A Segway has got immense popularity among the tourist as it enables them to visit all the major attractions of the city including Golden Gate Bridge, Ghirardelli Square, Fisherman’s Wharf, Colt Tower, and the Washington Square Park. A typical segway tour offers a brief orientation and an opportunity to see all of the sites virtually. On this trip, you will learn new stories and facts about San Francisco that you never heard before. Segway and Alcatraz tour begins with a 10-minute ferry ride. After you enter the island, you will get an audio headset which will have at least six languages to make you understand well in your native language.
You will be directed through the cell blocks and several historic buildings on the island. Also, you will get an opportunity to enjoy the beautiful views across the Bay to San Francisco. The ferry proceeds every 30 minutes to bring visitors back to San Francisco. The average time spent on Alcatraz is 1.5 – 3 hours.