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Union Square

San Francisco, CA

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"Union Square is a good place to base yourself."  See More

"Union Square area has proven to be my best location."  See More

"Fisherman's Wharf, Union Square, Yerba Buena Gardens, Civic Center, Yoshi's Oakland, Golden Gate Bridge, Mission District, Ocean Beach"  See More

"I would avoid Fisherman's Wharf, Union Square and the cable cars."  See More

"Union Square, Chinatown San Francisco."  See More

"Hayes Valley, Union Square and Fillmore St!"  See More

"The best area to be central for most locations in San Francisco is one of the hotels located right around Union Square."  See More

"Union Square: Most hotels are here, and it's central and a bit touristy but really great to get around the city."  See More

"Take the trolley up/down Market Street and shop in Union Square and then ride the cable car at Powell Street station."  See More

"Union Square has every retail shop you can visit in any other city in America, so why go there?"  See More

"Fisherman's Wharf area and embarcadero- Take cable car at Ghirardelli for a cable car to Union Square (Downtown SF)."  See More

"I would stay away from Union Square and go to Fillmore St, Noe Valley, Pacific Heights, the Mission District, and down by the water in the Marina District."  See More

"Going biking on the Golden Gate Bridge is awesome, Union Square is great for shopping, Go car's are now booming very popular to tour around in, Fisherman's Wharf has a rocket boat which is super fun!"  See More

"If she's older and into shopping, Union Square area and the Downtown Center at the end of Powell St."  See More

"I will answer the part between Los Angeles and San Francisco. On the way up the coast from my perspective here are the places worth stopping / possibly staying. Santa Barbara - People love it, but I haven't quite figured out why. The town is sub-par, not so charming and lots of homeless people. The beach is detached from the town. I think that people like it if they are staying in homes or ranches on the hillside. There are also vineyards but I haven't visited them. I would say unless you are spending time at a resort such as Bacara Resort & Spa or Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara doesn't need a night...perhaps just a pit stop. Solvang - Small town in wine country that is 100% Danish. It feels like a charming european town. Hand full of mediocre inns. The one nicer hotel I am aware of is HOTEL CORQUE Los Olivos - Haven't been but people love it. Small quaint town in wine country. This is smaller than Solvang and more charming, but I haven't personally been there. Pismo Beach - This is probably what Santa Monica was like 50 years ago. It is an untouched California beach town that probably feels exactly like it did 30 years ago. Its not very crowded, has a beautiful stretch of beach but is also slightly run-down with older motels. Its possible that when we visited we missed the newer side. In either case this was a fun beach for our dog to run around because there weren't many people at all. We just stopped here for dinner and some beach time but didn't sleep here. San Simeon - This is pretty empty but gorgeous stretch of coastline with a few older hotels that aren't very nice but do the job. The big attraction here is Hearst Castle but we didn't have time to visit it. They are not dog friendly. Sam Simeon was used as a pit-stop for a night, but it was purely just for a place to sleep. Cambria - One of the scariest places I've been. It is 100% a ghost town....meaning actual ghosts *live here. It felt like it was straight out of an RL Stine or Stephen King book. Bizarre place. Big Sur - This is AMAZINGLY beautiful mountainous coastline. Tons of places to pull over and take pictures and a a handful of hikes along the way. Must stop at McWay Falls for photos. A cool place to stop for food and a nice walk is Ragged Point. There is also a hotel here that seems to be a perfect place to stay given its gorgeous plot of land. It feels like a highway rest-stop/biker stop with live music and lots of biker people. Moving up the coast a great place to have lunch is Ventana Inn (."  See More

"Our Adults kids do like Union Square and a couple of pubs there."  See More

"It's only about a 20 minute walk from Union Square to the San Francisco Ferry Bldg and there are many good hotels and restaurants in that area."  See More

"If the goal for your time in SF is shopping, Union Square is a great option."  See More

"If you're just in town for a couple of days and really want to do all the touristy stuff with the family and be in the middle of everything then Union Square will be your best bet."  See More

"Here are some things to know about each area: Union Square is home to most of the large shopping centers."  See More

"The Ferry Building Marketplace area is much nicer than Union Square, as a base."  See More

"I would personally suggest staying at Hotel Vitale, because you can still walk to Union Square but it is away from all the crowds of people."  See More

"Avoid Union Square."  See More

"You'll likely stay somewhere near Union Square and the Financial District downtown, mainly because that's where most of the hotels are and because it's close to the public transit hubs."  See More

"Union Square - while this is where most tourists stay I would advise against it."  See More

"Avoid Union Square, the Tenderloin + SOMA - these neighorhoods are centered around offices and tourist activity."  See More

"Any Sports Bar in the Marina District off Chestnut St or Union Square"  See More

"Another inexpensive local option, that isn't touristy but it's in a touristy area Union Square, is Super Duper Burger."  See More

"A few personal favorite boutiques to share with you as others have mentioned Target, Westfield San Francisco Centre (the usual chain stores) & Union Square already:"  See More

":) Though often mentioned, Union Square isn't worth seeing in my opinion."  See More

"I notice you are from Brazil so if you are looking to do major shopping at brand name retailers, you can head to Union Square and Westfield San Francisco Centre, there you will find everything from Victoria's Secret to Sephora to Nordstrom to Gucci."  See More

"If you keep walking through Chinatown you will end up near Union Square."  See More

"I lived in SF for six years and I would definitely NOT recommend Union Square."  See More

"Union St(not Union Square) and Hayes Valley both have cute, trendy boutique clothing stores."  See More

"Don't miss Gallery Wendi Norris at 161 Jessie St just south of Market near Union Square; Catharine Clark Gallery 248 Utah St in Potrero Hill (and there is another great gallery above it) and in the outer Hayes Valley Rena Bransten Projects at 1639 Market (at Gought) and two blocks away the new Jules Maeght Gallery at 149 Gough."  See More

"There were quite a few hotels in Union Square that we considered but ultimately Hotel Carlton offered some really awesome amenities (free wine and a concert in the lobby every evening) and the staff was super nice."  See More

"While you're in San Francisco, you should hop over the bay bridge to check out some of the up and coming art galleries in Downtown Oakland . The best way to see the galleries is on a free public art walk organized by Oakland Art Murmur . Here is a page with the galleries and the times they are open to the public: !"  See More

"Alamo Square “Painted Ladies” (also often seen in movies) Union Square- this is the downtown shopping area Lombard Street (the crookedest street in the world, but only on one block so be sure to find it on the map) Featured in many movies in San Francisco especially car chases like Bullitt with Steve McQueen - 1968."  See More

"Union Square is the most central because its walking distance to everything and the metro."  See More

"I recommend that you start the day walking half way across the Golden Gate Bridge (about an hour), then we like to walk around Union Square and eat lunch, catch a cable car down to Fisherman's Wharf to explore and eat dinner."  See More

"Get the bus on the Embarcadero Center and in a few hours you can see the whole city: Golden Gate Bridge, Cliff House, Ocean Beach, Golden Gate Park, Twin Peaks, the Castro, Civic Center, Union Square, San Francisco Chinatown, North Beach."  See More

"Walk along Fisherman's Wharf or go to Union Square."  See More

"San Francisco is one of most prominent one place that is famous for it's rich cultural values. I visited there before my ."  See More

"In San Francisco I recommend that you stay in the Mission District for a few days (weekend), and around Union Square for a few days (weekday)."  See More

"Union Square is great if you want to shop."  See More

"We have stayed in Union Square and the Financial District and I am always sorry."  See More

"Since you're coming for a short time, though, you can never go wrong staying centrally located in the downtown Union Square, and the Fisherman's Wharf is touristy and a little out there, but could be a fun place for a three year old."  See More

"Union Square now has an ice skating rink in the middle."  See More

"I have not caught New Years Eve fireworks anywhere in a while, but the most popular spots are along the Embarcadero or at Union Square."  See More

"and yes, getting in at 11:50 PM is too late to ride BART as the last train out of San Francisco International Airport to the Union Square area is at 11:54 PM."  See More

"Union Square is slightly less of a tourist trap."  See More

"Walked all the way from Union Square to San Francisco Chinatown."  See More

"When I travel to SF, I usually go to the big travel websites like Priceline and Orbitz, plug in the dates I want to go, and then see what prices they have for the hotels in the center of the city around Union Square, the Financial District,Embarcadero Center, and SOMA (South of Market)."  See More

"You might consider the Mayflower Hotel, located a few blocks south of Nob Hill, and several blocks from Union Square."  See More

"Union Square area is more than likely your base."  See More

"Obviously Union Square, but from the 7th floor of Macy's is The Cheesecake Factory's porch."  See More

"Lunch at the The Rotunda at Neiman Marcus offers a nice view of Union Square or if you want something lower key in that area Super Duper Burger and Split Bread are great."  See More

"Go to the ferry building farmers market and try every sample, and eat at Cheesecake in Union Square on top of Macy's."  See More

"I'll second State Bird Provisions, an easy Uber from Union Square"  See More

"Alcatraz, walk around The Embarcadero, Sausalito (take the ferry there), Twin Peaks at night for the amazing view, Pier 39, walk around North Beach (Washington Square Park), Lombard Street, Union Square and around."  See More

"I live in Russian Hill, and from my apartment, you are central to the following: ***easy access (less than a couple blocks) to both Cable Car lines ***5 minute walk to the cafes, pizzerias and wine bars of North Beach North Beach, also known as SF's Little Italy ***10 minute walk to San Francisco Chinatown ***15 minute walk to Fisherman's Wharf ***15 minute walk to the the Marina ***20 minute walk to Union Square ***20 minute walk to Ferry Building Personally I wouldn't stay in the Sunset or Potrero - neither of them are that central to most of the activities/sights you would probably be interested in."  See More

"Accommodations get more expensive as you draw closer to Union Square."  See More

"You could stay in Nob Hill, which is close to Union Square and not too far to the water."  See More

"Zaré at Fly Trap and Boulevard are both incredible, and not far from Union Square."  See More

"Clift Hotel - Located near Union Square."  See More

"Union Square is also full of activity (shopping mainly) and a variety of hotels."  See More

"The perk of Nob Hill (snob hill is the nick name) is that it is close to Union Square and all the shopping and restaurants there."  See More

"With SOMA, look for places that are closer to Union Square/Market St."  See More

"I would definitely consider the Union Square area."  See More

"I stayed at the Executive Hotel Vintage Court near Union Square."  See More

"It's right between Union Square and the Tenderloin, so it's easy to get to (even if those neighborhoods aren't the greatest)."  See More

"The location is great - right next to San Francisco Chinatown and a five minute walk to Union Square."  See More

"Of course, where Hotel Nikko is, you'll notice that there's tons to walk around and see there, too, Powell Street, Union Square, etc."  See More

"And it was fun to hang out at Union Square with some coffee or ice cream."  See More

"St Helena -- lots of shopping to be done downtown in quaint little boutiques Calistoga -- great spas, wineries and also where the Old Faithful Geyser is Marin County -- you can visit Stinson Beach, walk or hike through Muir Woods Trail, and hike through Mount Tamalpais State Park San Francisco -- drive across the Golden Gate Bridge and there are so many things to see -- Golden Gate Park, Fisherman's Wharf, Pier 39, Ferry Building, Union Square, the Mission District, Haight -- lots of stuff to choose from Have fun!"  See More

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