Alcatraz Island
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Officially, nobody ever escaped from Alcatraz. Unofficially, many people believe that Frank Lee Morris – a lifetime criminal – achieved the impossible...

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Visit Alcatraz and explore the Golden Gate Bridge, the nearby coastline and neighborhoods that make the city so unique. Take the ferry to Al...

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$ 129
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See two of San Francisco's top attractions, Alcatraz and Fisherman's Wharf, with your combo tickets. You will take a ferry to the infamous p...

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$ 124
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Visit Alcatraz and discover some of San Francisco's best sites with this incredible combo. Take the ferry to Alcatraz and discover the marve...

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$ 112
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Visit Alcatraz and see all the best sights of San Francisco on the Premium Big Bus bus tour with this incredible combo. Take the ferry to Al...

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$ 136

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The inside story

Officially, nobody ever escaped from Alcatraz. Unofficially, many people believe that Frank Lee Morris – a lifetime criminal – achieved the impossible in 1962 after two years as a prisoner at Alcatraz. His amazing story was made into the famous 1979 Clint Eastwood movie Escape from Alcatraz.

Morris had already escaped from a number of prisons when he arrived on The Rock in 1960. With a few other convicts, he began to collect materials to make tools that would be used to dig into the prison’s ventilation system. The group also fabricated rafts from raincoats, lifelike dummies, and even an electric drill from a vacuum cleaner motor.

On the day of the escape, Morris’s group emerged from a vent on the roof and climbed down a pipe. Nobody saw any of them again. Some say that the men drowned in the cold waters of San Francisco Bay, though no bodies were definitively identified. A ship did report seeing a corpse wearing prison-style clothing, but this emerged only months later and the FBI concluded that the escape attempt had failed.

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