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Alcatraz Museum, USA

From series “15 Unofficial Man-Made Wonders of the World”
Travelers who prefer to visit the most unusual museums in the world are sure to pay their attention to Alcatraz Island Museum in USA. Guests of this unique museum don't walk along poorly lit halls and watch strange exhibits. They travel to the amazing island located in the San Francisco Bay.

Alcatraz Museum, USA During the Gold Rush in the mid-19th century, this place began to attract a huge number of travelers. So, it was necessary to build a fort and a lighthouse. It was planned to build those facilities on a small island that was informally called Pelican Island because of a huge number of birds living there. The first lighthouse has served for over 50 years and was subsequently dismantled. In 1909, it was decided to construct a military prison and the second lighthouse, which, unlike the first, was autonomous and automatic. Later, a federal prison, which was used for keeping dangerous criminals, was built on the island.

The prison differed with strict regime. No case of escape from there was recorded for 29 years of its existence. The decision to close the prison was made in 1963. Since then, until 1971, Alcatraz Island was in ruins. It was planned to place a large federal monument on the island, but later it was just announced that an open-air museum open to public access will be open there. Each year, the unusual Alcatraz museum is visited by more than a million travelers who want to take a stroll through the territory of one of the oldest and legendary prisons of the planet. Next - Golden Gate Bridge

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Useful staff nearby

ATM bankomat: 'Merrimak Capital Corporation (ATM)' located in 2.11 km ( check the route on the map).
Car rental office: 'Getaround Car Rental' is located in 3.7 km ( on the map).
Fuel station: '76' in 2.43 km
Supermarket: 'Hot Licks San Francisco' in 2.06 km
Parking: 'free parking' in 2.08 km
Apotheek: 'CVS Photo' in 2.23 km
Police station: 'Central Police Station' in 3.3 km
Cafe/restaurant: 'Forbes Island' in 2 km
Railway station: 'San Francisco Station' in 6.07 km

Nearest airports:
 »  Commodore Center Airport KJM - in 9 km
 »  Oakland International Airport OAK - in 22 km
 »  San Francisco Airport SFO - in 23 km
 »  Hayward Executive Airport HWD - in 32 km
 »  San Carlos Airport SQL - in 37 km
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Best hotels near Alcatraz

Entella Hotel

Located in 2 km from Alcatraz
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Rooms: 74
A cable TV is provided in each heated guest room at Entella Hotel. Guest rooms include a work desk, a seating area and a shared bathroom. Chinatown … More: photo, rates and booking
Da Vinci Villa

Located in 3 km from Alcatraz
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Rooms: 136
Featuring a courtyard, Golden Gate Bridge or city view, each spacious room includes deluxe linens, fresh bathrobes and bath products at Da Vinci … More: photo, rates and booking
Hotel Union Square - A Personality Hotel

Located in 4 km from Alcatraz
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Rooms: 131
A flat-screen cable TV and an iPod docking station are featured in each air-conditioned guest room at Hotel Union Square – A Personality Hotel. All … More: photo, rates and booking
Hotel Zetta San Francisco

Located in 5 km from Alcatraz
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Rooms: 116
Free Wi-Fi, an iPod docking station, and double-paned windows for quiet and privacy are included in all guest rooms at Hotel Zetta San Francisco. A … More: photo, rates and booking

Nearest unique sightseeing spots to visit

Prison on Alcatraz
0 km - Prison on Alcatraz
Alcatraz is considered the most famous prison in the United States. The island of the same name is the place of its location. It is located just off the coast of San Francisco. The building in which the prison is located was originally built as a military fort. It has …
Lombard Street
2 km - Lombard Street
One of the most famous streets in the world, Lombard Street is located in San Francisco. This street is officially considered the most crooked place in the world. It features a complicated zigzag shape. This unusual form of the street, where riding vehicles is allowed, …
Contemporary Jewish Museum
4 km - Contemporary Jewish Museum
Contemporary Jewish Museum is located in San Francisco. It also has an unofficial name – "L'Chaim“(“to life!”). A large Jewish diaspora has lived in the city for many years. Outstanding writers, artists, and other artists are its representatives. The popular …
San Francisco
6 km - San Francisco
Many modern tourists associate the city of San Francisco in the state of California with magnificent skyscrapers, expensive hotels and restaurants, as well as huge shopping centers. Only a few know how magical and picturesque the historic district of San Francisco is. …
San Quentin State Prison
13 km - San Quentin State Prison
San Quentin is one of the most notorious and controversial prisons in the United States. Prisoners sentenced to death make up a significant proportion of the criminals held in it. The gas chamber was located in the prison a few years ago. The death sentence was set in …
Bunker Devil
29 km - Bunker Devil
On the coast of San Mateo County in California is a bunker with a cruel name Devil's Slide. The bunker was named in honour of the rock of the same name. The secret object was built on the coast in 1930. Originally, it served as a center of military technology …

Top destination around Alcatraz Museum - San Francisco

The Gary Danko restaurant is one of the most prestigious and elegant gastronomy destinations of the city. The restaurant is specializing in local cuisine treats. All the dishes served in the restaurant feature exclusive design and artistic touch of master chef. The eating house has been many times granted with honorable rewards for the highest quality of dishes as well as for excellent service. The haute cuisine connoisseurs should necessarily pay a visit to the Kokkari Estiatorio restaurant. The eating house features a luxurious design of the interior and plenty of dainty treats. The restaurant is specializing in Mediterranean cuisine treats. Among its speciality treats tourists will find roast halibut and feta cheese added with hot pepper, grilled octopus under delicious orange sauce and tender roast lamb meat. In addition to dainty delicacies the restaurant guests may choose a glass fine wine. The Kokkari Estiatorio eating house features a rich wine list.

Another elite eating worth visiting during a San Francisco vacation is the Burma Superstar restaurant specializing in Asian cuisine. Unlike two mentioned above gastronomy destination this restaurant features rather affordable pricing policy meanwhile the eating house offers the same high class service as other upscale gastronomy establishments of the city do. Seafood admirers will have a chance to try excellent shrimps under coconut juice, meanwhile meat dishes fans will surely love signature dishes made of pork. The Seven Hills restaurant attracts its guests with popular dishes of Italian cuisine among which the regular customers give preference to pasta, risotto and several sorts of pizza.
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