‘The Rock’ Alcatraz Island San Francisco, California
Located on a rocky outcrop jutting out of San Francisco Bay, the maximum-security prison was considered escape-proof because of the sheer cliffs and choppy, bone-chilling waters. (The three inmates who did manage to launch a raft in 1962 were never seen again and are presumed to have drowned.) Reachable by ferry (it’s a 1.5-mile trip), Alcatraz today is part of the National Park Service, and also promises spectacular views of the city, thousands of roosting seabirds and extraordinary gardens from the time Alcatraz was the first military fortress on the West Coast.
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