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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. Plan to see Union Square and other attractions that appeal to you using our San Francisco online trip itinerary maker .
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  • Place downtown with some of the best hotels next to the cable car and one of the main stations of the bart, which takes you to San Francisco and Oakland airports. Some of the best shops, including Apple, are around the square
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  • All kinds of high end stores and shops surrounding or close by the square. Lots of locals and tourists either walking by in a hurry in their commute or strolling by taking in the sights. The pylon in ...  more »
  • If you really love to shop, you need more than one day. Lots of specialty and high end brands are here. The stores will give visitors discounts passes. I received 20% off everything at Macys.  more »

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