Alcatraz and Golden Gate Recreation Area, San Francisco

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San Francisco, CA
Second day in san francisco, and we boarded a boat embarking on a trip to Alcatraz Island, home to an old maximum security jail, no longer in operation today. We almost didn't make it b/c of heavy traffic. If you visit during peak season make sure to book the Alcatraz trip in advance and preferably in the early morning (9am) b/c tickets sell out early. There is a lot of history on this island and upon entering the actual jail you are given headsets with audio which explains the history of the jail and what it was to be an inmate and a guard here.   Most known prisoner here, Al Capone. Outside, there are stunning views of San Francisco bay area and the Golden Gate Bridge.
Alcatraz, San Francisco, CA
After this, we took the San Francisco trolley, this was a fund way to see the different parts of this city, such as Chinatown, and Russian Hill (most expensive neighborhood with homes priced up to 17mill), Nob Hill (and italian community), Lombard street, and Downtown shopping district. Some things we learned, in San Francisco you have to park your car with the wheels facing outward so that if there's an earthquake you car doesn't slide and you get ticketed if you don't park this way. Also, houses have to be repainted every 6 months to a year and there has to be a 1 inch space b/w all houses.  In the afternoon we drove across the golden gate bridge to Muir Woods, part of the golden gate recreation area. I left my keys in front seat of the rental car after I had locked it, and thank goodness the trunk was still unlocked and I crawled into retrieve them. Oopsie.  In this national park, you can see some of the big seqoia and redwood trees california is known for. And boy are they big.  To get to the ocean at Muir Woods National Monument the road is winding and long so you have to take care driving.
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San Francisco, CA
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