TripAdvisor recently revealed the winners of its 2015 Travelers’ Choice Awards for Landmarks for both the U.S. and the world. Number 1 on the list for the United States is Alcatraz Island in San Francisco, which ranks number 8 on the international spectrum.
The Top Ten Landmarks in the world, according to TripAdvisor’s 2015 awards are as follows:
1. Angkor Wat
2. Machu Picchu
3. Taj Mahal
4. Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
5. La Sagrada Familia
6. St. Peter’s Basilica
7. Milan Cathedral
8. Alcatraz Island
9. Cristo Redentor
10. Golden Gate Bridge
According to TripAdvisor’s description of Alcatraz Island, “For almost 150 years, Alcatraz has given chills to the innocent and cold sweats to the guilty. Having once been a forbidding maximum-security penitentiary, Alcatraz is now part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area [one of America’s 407 National Park sites] and is this year’s #8 Travelers’ Choice Landmark. The roster of former Alcatraz inmates includes A-list criminals such as crime boss Al Capone and kidnapper George Kelly. Though it was considered escape-proof, in 1962 the Anglin brothers and Frank Morris infamously floated away on a makeshift raft and were never seen again.”
Visit www.alcatrazcruises.com for more information about Alcatraz tours and to purchase tickets, up to ninety days in advance.
Alcatraz Cruises is the National Park Service concessioner of ferry service to Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay, which is part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, one of America’s 407 National Park sites. Alcatraz Cruises hosts nearly 1.5 million visitors annually. Alcatraz Cruises designed, built and operates the first hybrid ferry in the United States. The Hornblower Hybrid’s revolutionary design has reduced fuel consumption by 75% and has already begun to be implemented in other parts of the country. For more information visit: www.alcatrazcruises.com.