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Alcatraz at Night

The rock is a jewel at night.

Alacatraz Island in San Francisco Bay, image
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Alcatraz Island has served as a lighthouse, a military fort, and a federal prison.


Just as Elvis spun romance into the prison scene with his hip-slinging Jailhouse Rock, seeing Alcatraz at night can cast the infamous Rock in a romantic light. Visit the National Historic Landmark through an Alcatraz Cruises night tour.

Alcatraz is more intimate than by day, and the views of San Francisco are magnificent. Tour the infamous former home of Al Capone at your own pace, or through a guided tour.

Whether you join a tour or wander the prison on your own, night tours are a fascinating way to experience the infamous island prison. Night tours are available Thursday through Monday (times fluctuate by season). For more information and departure times, contact Alcatraz Cruises at (415) 981-7625, or visit

Photography courtesy of Abrahami/Wikimedia Commons


This article was first published in September 2001 and updated in February 2018. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.