4.5 star rating: Recommended 15 Reviews

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  • Location:Houston, Texas
  • Duration:3 hours (approx.)

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

Discover Houston’s amazing web of underground tunnels on this guided walking tour. Learn about Houston’s history, culture and architecture as you follow your knowledgeable guide through the tunnel system to visit the Chase Bank Building, Pennzoil Place and One Shell Plaza. Enjoy sweeping views from Chase Tower’s sky lobby -- the highest in Texas -- and stop by Hermann Square Park and City Hall.


  • 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

Kick off your Houston tour at Georgia’s Market, where you’ll learn about the epic Downtown Houston Tunnel System, which gives downtown workers an escape from the heat.

Take a walk down Main Street to the Chase Bank Building, where you’ll admire frescoes and a stained-glass window depicting Texas’ history amid the elegant Art-Deco interior.

Then, descend 20 feet (6 meters) below the streets into the underground tunnel system. Walk through the air-conditioned tunnel to the Chase Tower, Texas’ tallest building. Head inside the massive tower and ride the elevator up to the 60th-floor sky lobby, where you’ll take in sweeping views of the city skyline. Return to the lobby and pause for a photo in front of Spanish painter Joan Miro’s brightly colored ‘Personage and Birds’ sculpture.

Following your guide, walk to Philip Johnson’s architectural masterpiece, the award-winning skyscrapers of Pennzoil Place. From there, it is back into the tunnels where you'll visit One Shell Plaza and meet the owners of an underground gift shop before taking an escalator up to the street.

Enjoy a stroll through Hermann Square Park to visit City Hall and to Wells Fargo Plaza, the tallest all-glass building in the Western Hemisphere.

Descend back into the tunnel and walk through the food court, where you can enjoy lunch (own expense) as you watch the hum of Houston’s work force walk by. Ascend back above ground and end your tour with a new appreciation of Houston's unique style and way of life.

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!


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.


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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