Union Square Walking Tour, San Francisco

Union Square is known as San Francisco's most popular shopping destination and the third largest shopping area in the United States. In addition to that, Union Square features many amazing restaurants, theaters and a wonderful concentration of fine art galleries. Take this walking tour to explore Union Square's main tourist attractions.
You can follow this self-guided walking tour to explore the attractions listed below. How it works: download the app "GPSmyCity: Walks in 1K+ Cities" on iTunes App Store or Google Play to your mobile phone or tablet. The app turns your mobile device into a personal tour guide and its built-in GPS navigation functions guide you from one tour stop to next. The app works offline so no data plan is needed when traveling abroad.

Download The GPSmyCity App

Download 'GPSmyCity: Walks in 1K+ Cities' app for IOS   Download 'GPSmyCity: Walks in 1K+ Cities' app for Android

Union Square Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Union Square Walking Tour
Guide Location: USA » San Francisco (See other walking tours in San Francisco)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 12
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 km
Author: doris
1
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

1) San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (must see)

Devoted only to 20th-century art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) is a must visit if you are an avid follower of modern art. Established in the year 1935, the SFMOMA was the first museum of its kind that was dedicated to introducing the modern and contemporary art form to the world.

Displaying some of the most path defying pieces of modern art, the SFMOMA has come a long way since its inception. Today the museum houses over twenty-six thousand pieces of modern art, works that...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
2
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

2) Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

The Yerba Buena Centre for the Arts was established in 1986 by the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency (SFRA). The Centre celebrates and provides a platform for artists to display their art in form of dance, music, visual art, film/video, etc. Accredited world over, the Yerba Buena Centre, is one place that brings together the artists and their admirers.

Located in the Yerba Buena Gardens, the Centre was developed by the SFRA using private funds. The Yerba Buena Centre for the Arts consists...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
3
Xanadu Gallery

3) Xanadu Gallery

The Xanadu Gallery that is elegantly perched on the pedestrian street of San Francisco, the Maiden Lane, houses some of the most spectacular collections of international art one can find. Right from American folk art to African masks, exotic textiles from all over the world along with jewellery and sculptures from the Far East, the Xanadu Gallery is a haven for the art collector at heart.

Although the prices on these artefacts can burn a hole in one’s pocket, you can still sieve for the...   view more
4
Maiden Lane

4) Maiden Lane

From rags to riches, from tacky to elegant, classy and fashionable, the Maiden Lane is one street that has undergone an extreme make over after the 1906 earthquake. Presently laden with high end gift shops, couture salons, expensive boutiques and designer outlets, there is nothing in the fashion and luxury world that the Maiden Lane does not offer.

Although the present may seem glittery and filled with glamour and elegance, a century back the lane didn’t quite have the reputation it holds...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
5
Union Square

5) Union Square (must see)

For a shopaholic, there can be no place on earth that comes anywhere close to the Union Square in San Francisco.

The Union Square marks the perfect destination where one can bask in its rich past and at the same time get enthralled by its vibrant present. The Union Square till date is the most visited site in San Francisco. Filled with premium boutiques, high scale departmental stores, art galleries and salons, the Union Square is a sanctuary for shopaholic at heart. Counted as one of the...   view more
6
Ruth Asawa's Fountain

6) Ruth Asawa's Fountain

Ruth Asawa's Fountain was built as a tribute to the city of San Francisco, that was completed in 1972. The fountain consists of 41 bronzed plaques, each depicting San Francisco's most famous landmarks,and illustrating the rich historical past of the...   view more
7
450 Sutter Building

7) 450 Sutter Building

450 Sutter Building was constructed in 1929. It is San Francisco’s premier medical and professional office suite building and an Art Deco masterpiece. This elegant 26-floor structure is known for the original "neo-Mayan" Art Deco style, same one that was used to design the Paramount...   view more
8
American Conservatory Theater

8) American Conservatory Theater

Famous opera director, William Ball founded the American Conservatory Theatre (A.C.T) in Pittsburgh in the year 1965. Theatre enthusiasts in San Francisco convinced Ball of presenting half an year’s season in the city. In the very first season at its new home, A.C.T. performed sixteen productions in the city’s Geary and Marines Memorial Theatres. In addition, the company also toured other cities in the state of California and performed 28 plays to establish themselves as a theatre company...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
9
Curran Theater

9) Curran Theater

If you enjoy watching broadways, operas and live performances, the Curran Theatre is a must visit in San Francisco. However, one needn’t have to be a diehard opera fan to visit and be charmed by the Curran.

Its brilliant presence and majestic look is sure to take any onlookers breath away. This magnificent building stands at the 445 Geary Street, where it welcomes its audience into a world far away from the hustle bustle of city life. Known as one of the finest Broadway theatres in the...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
10
Glide Memorial Church

10) Glide Memorial Church

Known as one of the most liberal churches for its time in the country, the Glide Memorial Church stands as a symbol of un-prejudiced and an open minded place of worship, welcoming people with open arms.

Constructed in 1929, the Glide Memorial Church has earned its reputation as one of the most liberal churches in US. Founded by Lizzie Glide, a Methodist philanthropist, the Glide Memorial Church started off being quite conservative. It was in the latter half of the twentieth century with Rev....   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
11
Powell Street Station

11) Powell Street Station (must see)

The Powell Street Station located on Market Street is one of the most photographed areas in Downtown, San Francisco. It is a Rapid Transit and Muni Metro Station. It opened in 1973, becoming one of the most famous tourist attractions in the city.

Why You Should Visit:
In spite of long queues and the $7 fee for a one-way cable car trip, it's worth getting on at least once on this street because there's nothing else like it anywhere in the...   view more
12
Westfield San Francisco Center

12) Westfield San Francisco Center

Open since 1988, Westfield Center is one of the most famous shopping places in San Francisco. The mall features more than 170 boutiques, including designer brands Herve Leger, Hugo Boss, Max & Co and Calvin Klein. It offers visitors San Francisco’s ultimate style collection, the west coast flagship of Bloomingdale’s and the second-largest Nordstrom in the United States.

Operation hours: Monday - Saturday: 10:00 am - 8:30 pm; Sunday: 10:00 am - 7:00...   view more

Walking Tours in San Francisco, California

Create Your Own Walk in San Francisco

Create Your Own Walk in San Francisco

Creating your own self-guided walk in San Francisco is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
City Orientation Walking Tour I

City Orientation Walking Tour I

Bursting with popular tourist attractions and diverse neighborhoods, San Francisco is considered to be a "wonder to behold". Full of museums, religious buildings, parks and amazing architecture, this city can keep any tourist busy for his entire trip. Take this walking tour to explore San Francisco's most visited tourist attractions.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.2 km
Famous Architecture Walking Tour

Famous Architecture Walking Tour

San Francisco is one of the world's top travel destinations, being famous for spectacular tourist attractions like Alcatraz Island, Fisherman's Wharf and the Golden Gate Bridge. But besides that, this city also features a large variety of world-known architecture, like Transamerica Pyramid, Grace Cathedral and others. Take this walking tour to explore the most famous architectural buildings in San Francisco.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.0 km
Chinese Heritage Walking Tour

Chinese Heritage Walking Tour

San Francisco Chinatown is the largest Chinatown outside of Asia and the oldest Chinatown in North America. It provides an astounding abundance of varied merchandise at surprising prices, a great selection of restaurants and gift shops. San Francisco's Chinatown features several amazing attractions that can be enjoyed, ranging from museums and churches, to specialty shops and restaurants. Take this walking tour to explore the main tourist attractions in Chinatown, San Francisco.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.2 km
City Orientation Walking Tour II

City Orientation Walking Tour II

The unmatched beauty of San Francisco combined with its riches of instantly recognizable structures and locales has attracted filmmakers from around the world for over 100 years. San Francisco has provided and continues to provide the backdrop for some of the most famous movie scenes ever filmed. It is almost impossible to traverse the sights of San Francisco without conjuring an image from a special Hollywood movie. According to some film historians, San Francisco, rather than Hollywood, should have become the capitol of the motion picture world. Motion pictures were actually invented in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.1 km
Telegraph Hill Area Walking Tour

Telegraph Hill Area Walking Tour

Telegraph Hill offers an unexpected and delightful getaway in the heart of San Francisco. The name Telegraph Hill came from a structure built on the top of the hill in the mid-1800s, which would visually signal the city with regard to the type of vessels passing through the Golden Gate. It is famous for the spectacular stairways that traverse some of the city's most charming terrain, and for the popular Coit Tower. Take this tour to explore the area's highlights.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.7 km
Gay Nightclubs and Bars Tour

Gay Nightclubs and Bars Tour

San Francisco is known as the gay capital of the world. The famous Castro district offers a wide variety of entertaining options, like bars, cafés and nightclubs. The bar and club scenes are incredibly diverse in age, race and interests. Take this tour to explore San Francisco Gay nightlife.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.2 km

Useful Travel Guides for Planning Your Trip


14 Souvenirs That Scream San Francisco

14 Souvenirs That Scream San Francisco

Home to many historic landmarks, such as Golden Gate Bridge, Chinatown and Alcatraz, San Francisco is closely associated with many iconic images of the American culture, such as Levi's jeans, baseball, and hippie movement. Modern Frisco carefully preserves its legacy by keeping it alive...
Divine Artisan Chocolates in San Francisco

Divine Artisan Chocolates in San Francisco

San Francisco is home to the most delicious artisan chocolates! From the historic Ghirardelli Chocolate Factory to New American TCHO chocolates, there are many local chocolate boutiques and factories to visit where you might be treated to a few samples. From exotic flavors such as lavender-walnut...