AlcatrazYou'll take a ferry to get to Alcatraz and once on the island, you can walk up to the prison buildings and tour the cell block, exercise yard and other locations. A self-guided audio tour lends a sense of life to the abandoned facility.
If you want to go, be especially careful about tour packages. Some will says their tour includes Alcatraz, but it can be a bit of slightly optimistic marketing: they may just take you for a ride past it without stopping.
Pros and ConsYou'll have bragging rights back home after you visit, but you'll use up a lot of your vacation hours collecting them - almost half a day, counting the ferry ride out and back.
More About AlcatrazIf you need more information, check the Complete Guide to Alcatraz. It will tell you about hours, how to get tickets - and the best time to go to maximize your sightseeing day.
Take a photo tour of Alcatraz to see what it's like.
See where it is on a map. It's the bright pink marker.