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Alcatraz Trips Worth Doing
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Alcatraz tickets and tours

Alcatraz trips to Alcatraz Island in San Fancisco Bay can be a highlight to any visit to California. The federal penitentiary on Alcatraz Island was once home to America’s most notorious criminals such as Al “Scarface’ Capone and the “Birdman” Robert Stroud.

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Make sure you book tickets and tours, because Alcatraz trips are popular. More than 50,000 people visited Alcatraz during the first year it was open. That was 1973. These days more than 1.3 million visitors take Alcatraz trips each year.

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Here are 9 excellent rail trips and destinations to get you started (there are many more) :

1.   Trans Siberian railway tours

2.  Switzerland's Alpine scenery by train

3. Reunification Express tour - Vietnam

4. USA Coast to Coast

5.  Canadian Rockies and a journey on the Rocky Mountaineer

6.  Australia & the Ghan Luxury Train

7. Discovering Japan by train

8. London to Jordan, by rail

9. China by High Speed rail

Click the above links to read more above each of these railroad journeys.

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Alcatraz Island Cruises operate a range of Alcatraz trips including:

Early Bird Day Tour: Of the Alcatraz trips, this one usually has the least crowds. You can experience the cellhouse, and explore the island. This trip combines Alcatraz and Angel Island.

Alcatraz Trips - AM and PM. Tour the Alcatraz Cellhouse and listen to recordings of the actual voices of correctional officers and inmates who lived on the island during the infamous Federal Penitentiary era. On these Alcatraz trips you can hear stories of escape attempts, food riots, and surviving solitary confinement.

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Alcatraz prison island tours are available.

Alcatraz Trips Night Tour. This is the most complete tour of all the Alcatraz trips. The Alcatraz Night Tour includes a personally narrated boat tour around Alcatraz Island; guided tours from the dock to the main prison building.

Trips to the prison island are something to remember as they are different from most other tourist attractions. Alcatraz trips let you experience, first hand, a piece of history.

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Self guided tours of the prison facility are available.