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Union Square, San Francisco
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Surrounded by a busy retail district, Union Square offers a park-like reprieve. Signature palm trees mark the four corner entrances. Built in 1850, this public plaza was named after pro-Union rallies held there during the Civil War. As part of a major redesign in the early 2000s, the city installed four light sculptures by R.M. Fischer. In contrast to this modern art on the south side, the Dewey Monument, named after a Spanish-American War hero, has stood in the center since a 1903 renovation. You can score half-price theater tickets at the square's ticketing pavilion or relax at its open-air cafe. "Union Square" also refers to the area around the square, which is packed with department stores, boutiques, hotels, restaurants, and theaters. Put Union Square into our San Francisco tour planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in San Francisco.
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  • I had a conference in San Fran and stayed near Union Square. It was the perfect spot with shopping and dining and easy to get to fun spots like fisherman's wharf. 
  • My wife and I stayed at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square and had some time to fill one day on our vacation and walked around Union Square. We found the area to be predominantly high end shopping....  more »
  • Myself and my girlfriend have both previously visited Cheesecake Factory in the states and other countries and have found the service first class, as we were in San Francisco and wanted something quic...  more »