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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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  • Right now the lights, tree and ice rink are worth the visit. No need to go during the day unless you want to shop. Check out the Apple Store which is an architectural marvel. the glass windows came ac...  more »
  • There is a lot going on here between the shops, hotels, trams, tours, and an ice rink. A lot of tour hustlers so not a peaceful place. Easy walking distance to Chinatown too. 
  • Have been here many times. Used to live in the city. Always walk around here whenever I return for work. Love the Christmas tree during the holiday season.