San Francisco Historic Sites & Interpretive Centres
• A WorldWeb.com Travel Guide to Historic Sites & Interpretive Centres in San Francisco, California.
Built on its own island, Alcatraz operated as a Federal Prison from 1934-1963. The renowned penitentiary housed some of America's most notorious criminals including Al Capone and George "Machine Gun" Kelly and of course the "Birdman of Alcatraz." This place is an essential element of any trip to San Francisco and will be very memorable. Departures to the island leave from Pier 41 at Fishermans Wharf. Tickets are limited so reserve as early as possible.
Constructed by the U.S. Army Corps to prevent the entrance of a hostile fleet into San Francisco Bay, Fort Point National Historic Site is now visited by more than 1.5 million people every year. During WW2 the fort was occupied by 100 soldiers who manned rapid fire cannons. Designated as a National Historic Site in 1970.
This elegant hotel is a veritable landmark in San Francisco. From the poshly decorated Victorian interior to its luxurious guestrooms the hotel, looking over Union Square, is the Westin's historic flagship hotel in San Francisco. With more than 1000 guest rooms, including 84 suites, the hotel offers three restaurants, two lounges, is wheel chair accessible and has a health club on-site.
Discover a fleet of historic vessels and a library of information at San Fran's Maritime Park. Visitors here are exposed to the sights, sounds, smells and stories of the West Coast's nautical history.
Come and discover the history behind the cable car. On exhibit is three antique cable cars, a Sutter street dummy and trailer, and the first cable car. Also view the cable winding machinery, and watch the cars as they enter and leave the building. Open April 1st - September 30th, 10am-6pm, October 1st - March 31st 10am-5pm. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years.