Heart of the Tunnel Walk
Highlights / General details Learn Texas history inside the 1929 Chase Building. Stroll through Downtown Houston's Tunnel System. Enjoy a westward view from Chase Tower's 60th-floor sky lobby. Eat a Dutch-treat lunch in an air-conditioned, underground food court. Shop at Houston's Visitors Center. Visit the lobby and Tunnel-level food court of Pennzoil Place. Itinerary Learn about Texas history as you walk down Main Street into the 1929 Chase Bank Building, which features eight frescoes depicting Texas history; an Art-Deco banking hall with a stained-glass window portraying the 1836 Battle of San Jacinto, where Texas won its independence from Mexico; and 12 portraits of the heroes of the Texas Revolution. Stroll 20-feet underground through Downtown Houston's air-conditioned Tunnel System to Chase Tower, the tallest building in Texas. Take amazing photos of the westward view from Chase Tower's 60th-floor sky lobby. Return to the lobby and go outside for a photo op in front of Joan Miro's 1982 Personage and Birds. Cross the street and enter Philip Johnson's award-winning 1976 Pennzoil Place. Ride an elevator down to the Tunnel and walk underground to Skidmore, Owings and Merrill's 1972 One Shell Plaza, where you'll have a shopping opportunity at Mendota, a unique boutique featuring gifts from around the world. Walk outside along Hermann Square Park into Houston's 1939 City Hall, home to one of the largest visitors centers in the U.S. Watch a short video about Houston, pose for a photo with a life-size statue of Houston's namesake, purchase cowboy hats, postcards and souvenirs, look at exhibits, and pick up free literature about what to do in the nation's fourth-largest city. Return outside and walk to Wells Fargo Plaza, at 71 stories, the tallest all-glass building in the Western Hemisphere. Join the busy lunch crowd underground as you enjoy a Dutch-treat meal in an air-conditioned food court featuring Ninfa's Mexican Express, Droubi's Mediterranean Grill, Subway, Beck's Prime, and Salata. Finish your Tunnel Walk at Chase Tower's food court, then return to the real world: Houston's Theater District, the Downtown Historic District, and MetroRail.
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Exclusion Food and beverages Tips and gratuities for your local guide Hours of Operation Departure date: Monday - Friday 2012 Start time: 10:30 AM 2013 Start time: 9:30 AM No tour departures: 3 Sep 2012; 8 Oct 2012; 12 Nov 2012; 22 Nov 2012 to 23 Nov 2012; 24 Dec 2012 to 25 Dec 2012; 31 Dec 2012; 1 Jan 2013; 21 Jan 2013; 18 Feb 2013; 29 March 2013; 27 May 2013; 4 July 2013; 2 Sep 2013; 14 Oct 2013; 11 Nov 2013; 28 Nov 2013; 29 Nov 2013; 24-27 Dec 2013; 31 Dec 2013 Duration Approx.
Duration Approx. Duration: 3 hours Location 2012 Meeting point: Georgia's Market, 420 Main Street, Houston 77002 Finish point: Lancaster Hotel, 701 Texas Street, Houston 77002 2013 Meeting point: Georgia's Market, 420 Main Street, Houston 77002 Finish point: Georgia's Market, 420 Main Street, Houston 77002