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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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  • Union Square in itself is a nice place but there are a lot of vagrants in and around the area and it doesn’t feel very safe. Shame! 
    Union Square in itself is a nice place but there are a lot of vagrants in and around the area and it doesn’t feel very safe. Shame!  more »
  • Nice monument and good shopping close by, located in heart of Downtown. Would be careful we got harassed by two homeless men who initially pretended to be tour guides and offered us a free tour of... 
    Nice monument and good shopping close by, located in heart of Downtown. Would be careful we got harassed by two homeless men who initially pretended to be tour guides and offered us a free tour of...  more »

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