Alcatraz/Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco

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Alcatraz Webcam from Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco

This beautiful view of Ocean Beach is on the coast of San Francisco at the Pacific Ocean. The northern end of the beach is adjacent to Golden Gate Park.

Alcatraz Island is located in the middle of San Francisco Bay in California. The island is a historic site supervised by the National Park Service as part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, and is open to tours. Visitors can reach the island by ferry ride from Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco.

The island is listed as a National Historic Landmark and it is home to the now abandoned prison, the oldest operating lighthouse on the West Coast of the United States, and natural features such as rock pools, a seabird colony (mostly Western Gulls, cormorants, and egrets), and beautiful views of San Francisco and of the coastline.

The annual Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon starts here.

San Francisco is considered one of most beautiful cities in the world, attracting tourists from around the globe. With its spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean and of the San Francisco Bay, with its steep hills, bridges, cable cars, hotels, a mix of Victorian and modern architecture, and a rich cultural life, San Francisco is a true metropolis. The city is located on the tip of the San Francisco Peninsula and has traditionally been the focal point of the San Francisco Bay Area. San Francisco is the second most densely populated major city in the United States.

In 1776, the Spanish colonized the place that was to become San Francisco, establishing a fort at the Golden Gate and a mission named for Francis of Assisi. With the advent of the California Gold Rush in 1848, the city entered a period of rapid growth. After being devastated by the 1906 earthquake and fire, San Francisco was quickly rebuilt and is today one of the most recognizable cities in the world.

San Francisco is known for its months-long episodes of fog, and its peninsular location surrounded on three sides by the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco Bay. Famous hallmarks and landmarks include the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island, the Transamerica Pyramid, and Chinatown.

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