Destination guide

A perfect union of culture, crowds, and commerce

If you think this neighborhood might be a great base for your visit to San Francisco, you're right on the money. Locals referring to Union Square mean more than just the 2.6-acre public plaza. The title includes the surrounding blocks as well, chock full of upscale shops, restaurants, bars, and galleries. Visitors throng around the Dewey Monument, especially in summer, but year-round residents find Union Square indispensable, too. A center for people watching and community gatherings _ from Christmas tree lightings to political rallies _ it's the symbolic heart of the city.

Things to do

Historic victories and tragedies unite in Union Square

If a dramatic view is important to you, aim to book a Union Square vacation rental that looks out on the square itself and the Dewey Monument, an 85-ft column topped by a 9-ft statue of Nike, the Goddess of Victory. Other sights that draw culture buffs to Union Square include the historic Geary Theater, built over the rubble of the disastrous San Francisco fire of 1906, and the Contemporary Jewish Museum, a center for art, literature, and Jewish history set in a stunning blend of classic and contemporary architecture.


So many reasons to leave your heart in San Francisco

High-end shops and galleries are what draw many to Union Square, so strap on your best walking shoes and bring a snack. Actually, scratch that last part, because Union Square has more than enough fine restaurants, casual lunch counters, and bustling bars to keep you nourished. If you want to learn more about all the fabulous facades you're strolling by, take a group or self-guided walking tour past sights like Ruth Asawa's fountain, completed in 1972, or the Xanadu Gallery, the only structure in San Francisco designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.


If you're going to San Francisco, be sure to wear galoshes

San Francisco has a warm-summer Mediterranean climate, which means Union Square is blessed with mild winters and summers. Average temperatures range from the 40s and 50s in winter and hover in the low 70s in summer. You'll actually find the warmest days in fall, and if you're looking to avoid summer crowds, try for a Union Square vacation rental between September and November. Remember that Union Square will be bathed in rain and wrapped in fog much of the year. Bring your rain gear and be prepared to get cozy.

Natural features

Bustling city streets in the neighborhood of natural beauty

Union Square is more suited to urban shoppers and theater goers than to flora and fauna, and you'll likely meet the usual suspects near your Union Square vacation rental: raccoons, squirrels, pigeons and sparrows. The San Francisco Botanical Garden, however, is only 5 miles away and a different story altogether. Feast your eyes on gardens of native and exotic plants, and keep an eye out for the California Quail that uses the gardens as a resting and nesting place. Beach lovers are in luck, too. Ocean, Baker, and Marshall's Beach are just a few miles away.

Where to stay around Union Square?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 554 vacation rentals near Union Square. From 447 Condos/Apartments to 54 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Union Square for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Union Square?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Union Square:

  • Fisherman's Wharf: 741 vacation rentals
  • Downtown: 633 vacation rentals
  • Marina District: 377 vacation rentals
  • Mission District: 591 vacation rentals
  • North Beach: 309 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Union Square?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Union Square. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • American Conservatory Theater: 2,174 vacation rentals
  • SHN Curran Theatre: 2,174 vacation rentals
  • Glide Memorial United Methodist Church: 2,177 vacation rentals
  • Alcove Theater: 2,175 vacation rentals
  • Westin Saint Francis Hotel Glass Elevators: 2,174 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Union Square listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Condos/Apartments in Union Square?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 447 Condos/Apartments in Union Square. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Union Square include:

  • Houses: 54 rentals available
  • Hotels: 19 rentals available
  • Studios: 370 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Cottages and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Union Square?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 65 vacation rentals with pool available in Union Square. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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