The continued government shutdown continues to be the big news story today. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell reached a deal today that will be presented to Congress on Tuesday.
But if you can't wait for them to reach a deal before seeing Alcatraz, there are alternatives. As previously reported, Alcatraz Island is shut down but a narrated tour circles the island giving visitors as close as they can get without breaking the law.
Golden Gate National Recreation Area spokeswoman Alexandra Picavet put out this reminder over the weekend:
Because of the government shutdown you cannot get on Alcatraz Island, part of Golden Gate National Recreation Area, but you can get a tasteof Alcatraz by going to the expansive museum quality exhibit stillbeing shown in the Hyatt Regency on The Embarcadero. The exhibit iscourtesy of Alcatraz Cruises, now offering Bay tours around theisland. Pass the word!