Alcatraz Island

This 18 August 2005 file photo shows an aerial view of Alcatraz Island, in San Francisco Bay of California. Once a sinister home to notorious mobsters and murderers, Alcatraz is in line for an environmental makeover that could see the imposing former prison island become a tree-hugger's paradise. The US Parks Service is studying plans to make Alcatraz self-sufficient in an attempt to lessen the impact on the environment and provide an example to the rest of the US. By 2014, authorities expect to have installed a waste reprocessing plant as well as a de-salination plant to provide drinking water. AFP PHOTO/Helene Labriet-Gross/FILES (Photo credit should read HELENE LABRIET-GROSS/AFP/Getty Images)

Park Service Unveils $3 Million In Improvements To Alcatraz Island

The National Park Service is pulling the tarps off upgrades at Alcatraz Island after $3 million in improvements to the guardhouse, library and schoolhouse and other historic features.

07/01/2015

Golden Gate Bridge (credit: Randy Yagi)

Top 5 Waterfront Destinations In The U.S.

Most every popular destination in America shares something in common — a waterfront setting.

04/22/2015

El Capitan and Half Dome (Credit, Randy Yagi)

National Parks Located In Our Own Bay Area Backyard

Take a look at five of the best attractions managed by the U.S. National Park Service near the South Bay.

03/14/2015

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10 Things You Didn’t Know About San Francisco

While many facts about the city by the bay may be obvious, there are many other facts that aren’t as obvious. Here are 10 things you might not know about San Francisco.

09/23/2014

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Best Museum Tours In San Francisco

Next time you visit your favorite San Francisco museum or stop in at one you haven’t been to lately, take a moment to see their docent tour offerings. From a former isolation cell in a maximum security prison to a 4th century treasure, we’ve got you and your curiosity covered.

08/18/2014

View dated 1930’s of the Alcatraz island and penitentiary, in the San Francisco Bay. (credit: AFP/Getty Images)

History of Alcatraz In Movies & Television

It has been 80 years since our infamous little island in the Bay was turned into a Federal Penitentiary…

08/13/2014

San Francisco Bay (Getty Images)

Guide To A Long Weekend In San Francisco

Although San Francisco has many world famous attractions, with some planning, all of them can be visited over a weekend or three-day holiday.

06/21/2014

San Francisco Bay (Getty Images)

Best Tourist Attractions In San Francisco Worth The Hype

Think of San Francisco, and what images come to mind? Surely these five are in your mind’s eye, and the good news is that they are definitely worthwhile.

11/23/2013

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Parks Service Commemorates 50th Anniversary Of Alcatraz Prison Closing

To commemorate 50 years since the closure of the Alcatraz federal prison, a San Francisco photojournalist spoke Thursday morning about his experience capturing scenes from the final day at “the Rock.”

03/21/2013

Alcatraz Island (Robyn Beck/Getty Images)

Sunrise Gathering Commemorates Native American Takeover Of Alcatraz

Several hundred people, including dozens of Native Americans, attended a special sunrise gathering on Alcatraz Island Thanksgiving Day morning to commemorate the occupation of the island 41 years ago.

11/22/2012

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