Union Square: Not Your Ordinary Park

“Union Square is the retail and cultural hub of San Francisco. It boasts the city’s largest collection of luxury, department and boutique shopping, making it one of the premier tourist attractions in the Western United States. A spectacular selection of hotels, art galleries, salons, and theaters also contribute to the area’s cosmopolitan, 24-hour character.”

Union Square, San Francisco

At the heart of Union Square is a landmark park. Built in 1850, Union Square was a demonstration gathering point for pro-Union on the eve of the Civil War.

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The historic park was named by San Francisco’s first mayor, John Geary, in remembrance of the rallies.

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Today, this one-block plaza and surrounding area is one of the largest collections of department stores, upscale boutiques, gift shops, art galleries, and beauty salons in the United States, making Union Square a major tourist destination and one of the world’s premier shopping districts.

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Grand hotels and small inns, as well as repertory, off-Broadway, and single-act theaters also contribute to the area’s dynamic, 24-hour character.

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Rebecca’s Tips

There’s so many things you can do in Union Square so plan ahead! Click on the links to check out options for parking, shopping, dining, hotels, art galleries and spas.

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