Travel to places where you can go behind bars

Doing time on the prison tour circuit? Here are some other tours you won’t want to miss.

—Alcatraz, Calif.: The legendary island in San Francisco Bay was a federal penitentiary from 1934 to 1963; daily tours are run by the National Park Service. For more information, go to or or call 415-981-7625.

—Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia: Count Al Capone among the inmates of this prison that operated 1829-1971; daily tours are so extensive they even have a virtual one online. For more information, go to or call 215-236-3300.

—Ohio State Reformatory, Mansfield: This spooky state prison operated 1886-1990 and was the location of the filming of “The Shawshank Redemption” in 1994. Daily tours are offered. For more information, go to or call 419-522-2644.

—Andersonville Prison, Andersonville, Ga.: The Confederate military prison housed more than 45,000 Union soldiers in its short existence, and thousands of them died there. If offers self-guided tours, part of a National Park Service historic site. For more information, go to, or call 229-924-0343.

—West Virginia State Penitentiary, Moundsville, W. Va.: This prison operated from 1876 to 1995; it runs daily tours and even holds mock prison riots. For more information, go to or call 304-845-6529.