Alcatraz Island in San Francisco – the infamous and notorious former federal prison
I had an amazing time on my trip to San Francisco, thanks to several fantastic tours I had the opportunity to take. An absolute must-do tour in San Francisco is to visit the notorious former prison on Alcatraz Island! This is the most popular tourist attraction in San Francisco, and the Alcatraz Tour & San Francisco City Tour that I took combines a wonderful 3-hour San Francisco city tour with a tour of “The Rock”. Take a sightseeing excursion through San Francisco, and enjoy a tour of Alcatraz Island. You will thoroughly enjoy touring Alcatraz and walking through the cell block where Al Capone, George “Machine Gun” Kelley, and Robert “The Birdman” Stroud, and many others were once held. The infamous prison is located on Alcatraz Island – just a 10-minute ferry ride from San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf. Alcatraz tours are often sold out up to two weeks in advance, so be sure to book early.
The Painted Ladies
On the San Francisco city tour, you will see all the major sights in San Francisco – from Alcatraz Landing to the Golden Gate Bridge to the Pacific Ocean to the Twin Peaks and to Chinatown. Tour highlights include Fisherman’s Wharf, The Marina District, San Francisco Bay, Palace of Fine Arts, Presidio National Park, Golden Gate Park, Ocean Beach and Pacific Ocean, Italian North Beach, Victorian Homes (Painted Ladies), Cable Cars, Nob Hill, Civic Center, City Hall, Opera House, Financial District, Union Square, Coit Tower, Bay Bridge, Ghirardelli Square, and so much more.
Another excellent tour is the Muir Woods & Wine Country Tour by Van from San Francisco. Journey north over the Golden Gate Bridge to Muir Woods National Monument. Enjoy solitude and peace as you stroll through 1000 year old trees towering 260 feet tall. Muir Woods is the only old-growth coastal redwood forest in the Bay Area and one of the last on the planet. Continuing on the excursion, take in the stunning scenery as you travel father north into Sonoma Valley, one of the most prized wine regions of Northern California. Once in the Wine Country, you will spend the afternoon sampling wines at three to four wineries. Then, as the day unwinds you will journey back to San Francisco, and enjoy a picturesque stop at the Golden Gate Bridge to witness the awe-inspiring view of the city from the Marin Headlands – the perfect ending to one very memorable day.
Dinner Dance Cruise
The San Francisco Dinner Dance Cruise was my last wonderful experience in San Francisco. As the sun sets, and city lights twinkle from the Bay Bridge to the Golden Gate, this Dinner Dance Cruise turns on the charm. A four-course, sit-down meal includes appetizers, salad, a choice of entrée and dessert, while live music and dancing round out this ideal sightseeing trip or special evening out. It’s the perfect way to end the day and perhaps take in a beautiful Pacific sunset as you board the ship, and later cheers as you watch San Francisco light up at night along with the stars.
The Embarcadero & Cupid
These tours gave me a great taste of what San Francisco has to offer, and I would recommend them to anyone who plans to visit the area. Visit San Francisco Tours and Alcatraz Island Sightseeing to plan your stay at the City by the Bay. Perhaps Tony Bennett put it best with these famous song lyrics: I left my heart in San Francisco. High on a hill, it calls to me. To be where little cable cars climb halfway to the stars. The morning fog may chill the air, I don’t care. My love waits there, in San Francisco, above the blue and windy sea. When I come home to you, San Francisco, your golden sun will shine for me!