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[Discovered in 1775, Alcatraz's isolated location in the Bay eventually determined its utility as a detention facility. Alcatraz became a federal prison from 1934 to 1963, home to the likes of Al Capone and the "Birdman." Alcatraz, a mile and a half off the coast of Fisherman's Wharf, is now maintained as part of the National Park Service. Visit the barred cells while a tape-recorded tour lets you hear what life was like from its former residents, both prisoners and correctional officers. Wear warm clothes and comfortable shoes. Blue & Gold ferries leave from Pier 41. Reservations recommended 415.705.5555, or stop by the ticket kiosk.]

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