Unearth Houston on this guided walking tour through Texas’s most populous city to discover what’s above and underground. From the 60th floor of Chase Tower to the 20-foot (6-m) deep Tunnel System, you get an all-encompassing view of Houston from every angle.
Start off your journey with a howdy to your guide as you set off down tree-lined Main Street towards the Chase Bank Building. This art-deco skyscraper is hard to miss with its 8 frescoes portraying local history and stained-glass window depicting the 1836 Battle of San Jacinto.
Then descend into Houston’s Tunnel System, a series of underground passageways that link businesses to one another. Stroll through gift shops, restaurants, and flower stands to reach Chase Tower—the 13th-tallest building in America.
Back on ground level, admire Joan Miró’s whimsical sculpture, “Personage and Birds,” before trekking to Houston’s City Hall to do some shopping. Return to the Houston Tunnel, where you have a shopping opportunity to purchase some memorable souvenirs.
City Attraction Wheelchair Accessible: No
Fully Accessible Entry: No
Accessible Restrooms Onsite: No
Restrictive Steps: Yes: Many
Jim’s Accessibility Comments:
WARNING: I spoke to the person operating Houston Historical Tours (which includes tunnel tours) and he was quite clear that this tour is not wheelchair accessible. He said not all tunnels are accessible and many buildings were grandfathered and not accessible. He said many escalators are quite narrow and all tours required climbing on several staircases of about a dozen steps. WARNING: Tour to Avoid!
Other tour companies such as Expedia operate Houston Tunnel Tours. I was not able to reach them as Expedia does not offer phone contact information. WARNING: It’s probably best for wheelchair travelers to avoid all Houston tunnel tours.