The trick about getting to Alcatraz is to book SEVERAL MONTHS in advance to get the trip you want - especially if you're doing the night tour. I live in San Francisco, but hesitated about going to Alcatraz because I thought it was a tourist trap. It is not! Alcatraz is run by the National Parks Services, so it has a really different feel to it - very pristine, natural and historic. The audio tour is great, the boat ride and views are amazing, and there is even a shuttle to drag your tired self up to the top of the hill from the boat docks to the prison. Easily done for kids, the elderly and the disabled. Don't hesitate to book - if you wait until you arrive in San Francisco to get your tickets, you may lose out.