10 Great Things to Do in San Francisco


2. Take a day trip to Alcatraz, the island prison

Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay was originally built with a lighthouse, a military prison, a federal prison and a military garrison. It is the federal prison that it was most famous for, holding some of the most feared criminals in history – Al Capone and The Bird Man, among others. Since the prison closed down more than 40 years ago, its legacy has been kept alive by the movies – The Rock and Escape from Alcatraz, among others. A million visitors come in each year for a feel for what was once the most notorious prison in the world.