the chilling destination of maximum-security convicts, Alcatraz now sees hundreds
of thousands more tourists per year than the total number of prisoners in its
entire 29-year life as a federal penitentiary. Audio-assisted tours in several
languages recount the history of the island and its famous inmate inhabitants:
Machine Gun Kelley, Al Capone, Robert Stroud, "the Birdman of Alcatraz."
On a clear day, the views of the San Francisco skyline and bridges are alone worth
the crossing by ferryboat. SFCVB photo by Phil Coblentz.
Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau Photo & Text"