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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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  • August 14, 2017
    It is the center of the city, in some ways, so you can not fail to pass. We, having the hotel Sutter Street, 1 km away, we walked there, but of course it is perfectly covered by public transport. It is a medium-sized (approximately 1) square, surrounded by buildings housing hotels, shops, theatres, restaurants and shopping malls (the insignia of Macy's dominate on one side of the square). You are also one of the stops of tram cars, the famous historical câble SF (whose terminus is not far). Architecturally it has nothing special or memorable, nor (in my opinion) has the charm of Times Square or Piccadilly Circus or Trafalgar Square, just to cite other famous squares crucial to equally famous cities; However a "step" is certainly necessary, the atmosphere is lively and you will not get bored. If you have time (and maybe want to spend ...) you can linger at the Apple Retail Store, located on the square, or the vast store of "Nike" (not to be confused with the statue dedicated to the goddess Nike, which stands in the middle of the square ...) to Post 278 St. (we have purchased several things at a price affordable after all ...), or try some goodies in one of the numerous bars/cafes/chocolate shops that you will find on site (in the square there are many benches and outdoor tables). Luca
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  • August 13, 2017
    Beautiful square in front of Marcy's one of the famous stores of San Francisco.La night there are shows to give a bit of euphoria. During the day there are outdoor tables where you can enjoy a breakfast or lunch. Nice to see that alongside this square circulate the typical cable car
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  • August 13, 2017
    Real crowded square. Can jump on the cable car (long waiting time). But not something really special going on at this square. Also a lot of homeless people on the streets. On some places you smell the...  more »

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From inexpensive hostels in quiet residential areas to high-end hotels near the city center, San Francisco has accommodations for every budget. Key consideration is what kind of neighborhood you want to stay in. You'll find luxury hotels in Union Square, which has prime shopping, is near theaters, and is on the cable car line. Many hotels are in the northeastern portion of the city, near the tourist-driven neighborhoods of Chinatown and Fisherman's Wharf, both easily explored on foot. To get away from the tourist crowds, consider the smaller inns and family-run bed and breakfasts in some of the city's more charming neighborhoods, such as Noe Valley or Pacific Heights. There are also boutique hotels scattered around town. Avoid staying in the Tenderloin. If you plan to have a car with you, ask about parking availability and fees. Parking is often difficult and expensive.
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