These are pictures from a tour of Alcatraz Island in August 2001. This was on the Alcatraz After Dark tour. Basically the way this works is they have a couple of later trips where you can't wander around so much of the island alone, but there are some additional guided tours. It's somewhat more expensive but it includes the excellent audio guide of Alcatraz Prison (which is usually a few bucks extra). You want to book these well in advance, since they are quite popular and they only run two trips a night.
Looking back at San Francisco.
This is the classic Alcatraz picture. The dock is on the far side of the island from San Francisco, so you get a nice mini-tour around the island.
We've just docked, and this is looking towards the golden gate, which obviously is blocked by the island. Obviously the trip is well timed with sunset.
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There are a ton of movies and books about Alcatraz. If you're going to visit, it does make it even more cool if you know a bit of the history going in. Many of them are really bad, but here are some items that are worth a look.