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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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  • Great place to shop, eat, and just hang out and watch people. You can catch the cable car, double decker tours, and any other public transportation. Definitely the hub of the city. I have stayed in th...  more »
  • Assuming that san francisco has no real Center, but several neighborhoods with their Center. This if we want, for elegance, accommodations and shops, to the crossroads of all means of transport, is the heart of the city! Well worth a visit. and stay close to this square for sightseeing.
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  • Not as grand as Times Square NY but it is still a great place to hang around for shopping people watching, skating (christmas period) and the lights up n christmas decor . My perhaps sole source of co...  more »