Experience Houston’s spectacular sights from above and below, during a 3-hour tour of the city’s underground tunnels and a sky-piercing Chase Tower. With a knowledgeable guide, delve into the rich history and culture of Houston as you descend into the tunnel system to visit landmarks like Penzoil Place, One Shell Plaza and the Chase Bank Building. Then, ascend to the Chase Tower’s sky lobby, the highest in Texas, to admire sweeping vistas of the city from an incredible vantage point. Conclude with stops at Hermann Sqaure Park and City Hall. 

Highlights

  • Explore Houston from above and below on a guided walking tour
  • Enjoy sweeping views from Chase Tower’s 60th-floor sky lobby
  • Stroll through the Downtown Houston Tunnel System and enjoy lunch (own expense) in the air-conditioned food courts
  • Admire masterpieces of Texas' history at the Chase Bank Building
  • Walk through the picturesque Hermann Square Park to City Hall

What You Can Expect

Houston from Above and Below: Chase Tower and Underground Tunnel Tour

Underground Shopping District

Greet your knowledgeable guide at a central Houston location and receive a fascinating introduction to Houston’s epic Downtown Houston Tunnel System. Discover the function of this subterranean system and then stroll down Main Street to see the majestic stained-glass windows of the Chase Bank Building. 

Leave the sunlight in favor of the darkened depths of the tunnel system and descend 20 feet (6 meters) below ground to explore the air-conditioned labyrinth. Make your way to the underground entrance of the Chase Tower, Texas’ highest building, and ascend to the 60th-floor sky lobby in a swift elevator. 

Absorb incredible panoramas before capturing photographs beside Joan Miro’s magnificent ‘Personage and Birds’ sculpture in the lobby. Stroll onward to admire the award-winning skyscrapers of Pennzoil Place, and then return to the city depths to visit the underground One Shell Plaza and meet the owners of a subterranean gift shop.

Return to street level via an escalator and enjoy a leisurely wander through Hermann Square Park, passing City Hall and Wells Fargo Plaza, the tallest all-glass building in the western hemisphere. 

Delve into the tunnels one last time and opt to enjoy lunch in the underground network’s varied food court (own expense). Revitalized, return to sea level and bid your knowledgeable guide farewell. 

Customer Reviews

Haakon S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Very interesting guided tour. Guide was a bit late, but that was no problem in the end as we got some basic history and overview of Houston. Fascinating city.

Juan A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2015

The history of the buildings and tunnels was very interesting. The view from Chase Tower was awesome.

martha W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

I learned so much about certain houston buildings and discovered all the wonderful tunnels too. Great experience!

GG H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2014

Excellent! Really enjoyed it and would highly recommend.

Eben F USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

Who would have guessed there are 7 miles of tunnels (but more like an underground connector, people connector and shops/restaurants to support the high rise buildings in downtown Houston. The architecture in each building is quite different and our guide described the differences as we walked underground through part of the tunnels. Since the tour, we talked to many people from the Houston area on a cruise that had heard of the tunnels, but never visited.
One temporary downside to the tour, the Chase Skylobby with aerial views of the city, has been closed for renovation for several months.

Sheeller

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

The two tour guides were very well educated and complimented each other well. Got a lot of good history of the city, enjoyed tunnels. Was a little disappointed that we could not go up to the sky lobby as if was closed. Only drawback is that the description talks about entry fees being included, and I was a little disappointed to find out that was because they don't actually take you anywhere that requires entry fees.

Anthony D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

Had a Great Time!

Very knowledgable tour guides and interesting subject matter make this is a much-do tour for visitors and natives alike. Something for everyone and guides are quick to adjust to the interests of the group. Highly recommend.

Sandra M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

Great fun if you like a little history. There's a lot more to downtown Houston than concrete.

Victoria G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2013

Enjoyed the history, exploring the tunnel system and the heights of the Chase tower! Sandra is extremely knowledgeable and passionate about her tour and Houston - hard not to love the city being around her!

Daniel W

4 star rating: Recommended November 2015

Our tour was very enjoyable. Our tour guide was very informative, professional, and pleasant. We would recommend this tour to anyone wanting to learn and see more of downtown Houston

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