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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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  • It's ok, but you can skip it. Nothing special here except the pricey shopping. That's what I remember more than anything else. How expensive this city and every thing in it is. Sure it's nice and you ...  more »
  • The seemingly never-ending subway work and the closing of many of the smaller shops has left Union Square rather bleary. Yes, the larger retail shops are still there and tourist buses are abundant, bu...  more »
  • It's a tourist place, has people of all kinds and shops to suit all tastes. Probably you will pass by here, since most of the shops in the city are in this (tourist) region. Worth the visit. Don't forget to look for the hearts in the square.
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