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July 8, 2007

Alcatraz and Angel Island

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Today I visited Alcatraz and Angel Island. Photos are here.

I got my ticket from this web site. I bought my ferry ticket 5 days in advance. The only option that wasn't sold out was the 9am tour of Alcatraz and Angel Island. The ferry returned at 2pm. Cost: $51.

We left pier 33 and went to Alcatraz first. The ride was about 15 minutes. The ferry to Angel Island left at 11am, so we had about an hour and a half to explore "The Rock." We did the free audio tour, which was about an hour. You could start or stop the audio as you pleased so you could spend more time in an area than the tour permitted.

Next, we went to Angel Island, which is about a 20 minute ride from Alcatraz. We rode a free 1 hour tram tour around the outskirts of the island. Afterwards we had lunch at a cafe near the ferry dock and then returned to pier 33.

The views from Alcatraz and Angel Island are spectacular. I doubt I'll want to do the tour again...but it is certainly worth doing once.

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When I was with ELSA (based out of San Jose) we rented a huge sailboat and sailed around/under the Golden Gate bridge, around Alcatraz and anchored off of Angel Island for a business meeting. It's really nice.

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