Alcatraz Island offers a close-up look at the infamous federal penitentiary, which was long off-limits to the public. Although Alcatraz is now a popular tourist attraction, hearing the tales and stories behind the prison and seeing its inner workings is definitely not for the faint of heart. Gangster Al “Scarface” Capone and murderer Robert “Birdman of Alcatraz” Stroud are among those who served time at the maximum-security facility. Because of its isolation from the outside by the cold, strong, hazardous currents of San Francisco Bay waters, Alcatraz was used as early as 1861 to imprison prisoners of war. No inmate ever successfully escaped The Rock.

Alcatraz Island is located in the San Francisco Bay, 1.25 miles offshore from San Francisco. Hop on a ferry to take a truly terrifying Alcatraz haunted tour of this infamous prison! And if you’re really brave, book a night tour…

If you’re interested in an Alcatraz tour by day or at night then check out Alcatraz Island Information and Tours. Also, check out 10 Incredible Places In San Francisco That Will Bring Out The Explorer In You.

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What are some other haunted tours in Northern California?

After you've completed a haunted tour of Alcatraz, it's time to tour some of NorCal's most legendary haunted places: Fort Humboldt Historic State Park, Battery Point Lighthouse, Humboldt Brews, Crescent City, Chinese Camp, the MacCallum House, Bodie (one of the coolest ghost towns in California) and the entire town Placerville. If you're into creepy cemeteries, Cherokee Cemetery is thought to be the most haunted cemetery in NorCal; there are two different legends surrounding how Cherokee Cemetery earned its reputation as a haunted burial ground. The first is that back in the early 1800’s, a woman or young girl (the stories vary on this as well) was brutally murdered. The townsfolk, outraged at such a heinous act, imposed a death sentence by burning at the stake. The spirit of the accused was said to have been so strong, that even from the other side of the veil he lurks around the grounds at night making blood curdling sounds meant to scare the daylights out of everyone. The other involves the story of the young child who unfortunately lost his father, and is now believed to haunt the grounds, albeit, a bit more benevolently.

Are there any abandoned places in NorCal I can explore?

There's something about old, abandoned places that cause the imagination to run wild, and our region of the Golden State is full of them! Some of the most notoriously haunted abandoned places in Northern California include: Point Reyes Shipwreck, Chemung Mine, Fannette Island, Marshall Gold Discovery State Park Jailhouse, and Falk.