Alcatraz Island

Just a mile off San Francisco’s shore, Alcatraz Island has housed early military fortifications, the West Coast’s first lighthouse and – most famously – a federal prison.

From 1933 until 1963, Alcatraz was a federal penitentiary that held some of the most notorious criminals in American history, including Al Capone, Robert “The Birdman of Alcatraz” Stroud and George "Machine Gun" Kelly. Today, Alcatraz Island is one of San Francisco’s most popular attractions.

Bicycles aren’t allowed on the island, but you can use Ford GoBike to get to the ferry that will take you to Alcatraz. Just ride to the Embarcadero at Sansome station and dock your bike – it's a short walk from there to Pier 33, where you can hop on a quick 10-minute ferry ride via Alcatraz Cruises, the official ferry provider to the island. Tickets can be purchased in advance online.

When you arrive at Alcatraz, you will be greeted with a brief orientation, and left to explore the island and prison at your own pace. For the adventure seekers, night tours of the island are also available.