Union Square's most prominent feature is a 97-foot monument commemorating the Spanish American War's Battle of Manila Bay, but it's named after the pro-Union rallies held here before and during the Civil War. Today Union Square is a shopping hub, with Macy's, Saks, Neiman Marcus, Barneys and Bloomingdale's on or just off the square and two cable car lines running through the area. But the best deal around is right on Union Square: the half-price ticket booth offers last-minute discount tickets to Broadway-bound first-run shows at the Geary or Curran theaters, just west of the square.
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Getting Around San Francisco
The best way to get around San Francisco is by walking, taxi and public transit. Parking can be expensive ($20-$40 depending on location). Street parking can be difficult to find and is often limited to two hours or less. San Francisco's MUNI operates trolleys, cable cars, and buses throughout the city. Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) serves as a major artery of San Francisco as well as several surrounding cities.
Nearby Airports
  • San Francisco International Airport-SFO
  • Oakland International Airport-OAK
  • Mineta San Jose International Airport-SJC
Airport Taxis
  • From SFO-$37
  • From OAK-$50
  • From SJC-$145
Things to Do and See Near Union Square