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Here are some notes on three tourist attractions in San Francisco, taken from the “Lonely Planet” website [(http://www.lonelyplanet.com/worldguide/)]


Alcatraz - “The Rock”

The most infamous prison in the US sits on an island in the middle of San Francisco Bay. A derelict military institution in the 1920s, it became 'The Rock', a maximum-security prison housing America's most wanted, including Al Capone. It closed for business in 1962, but with so many stories and mysteries, it's a magnet for tourists.

Coit Tower

The 210ft (60m) high, concrete Coit Tower crowns the top of Telegraph Hill and is a monument to the firefighters of San Francisco. It has views from the Golden Gate to the Bay Bridge, and a sensational view of the slopes of Nob Hill and Russian Hill as they fall into North Beach. The interior is decorated with beautiful 1930s frescoes. Hours: 10:00am-6:00pm

Cable Cars - The Joy of 9mph

Cable cars make the everyday getting around the city fun. From the standing room along the sides the world slides by at 9mph as your wooden car climbs up and down the hills above the heart of town. There's fresh air, water views, the sounds of cables and bells, and the smell of burning pine (they use wooden blocks for brakes).

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