There’s another world beneath the urban concrete of downtown Houston. It’s an underground passageways that, with above-ground skywalks, link office towers to hotels, banks, corporate and government offices, restaurants, retail stores, and the Houston Theater District. The Houston tunnel system is 6 miles long and 20 feet below Houston’s downtown street system. The system forms a network of subterranean, climate-controlled, pedestrian walkways that link 95 full city blocks. Portions of the tunnel itself contain gift shops, newsstands, banks, flower shops, copy centers, dry cleaners, and food courts similar to what one would find in a major shopping mall.
Only one building, Wells Fargo Plaza, offers direct access from the street to the Tunnel; otherwise, other entry points are from street-level stairs, escalators, and elevators located inside the various buildings that are connected to the tunnel. While walking through, one can determine which building s/he is in by the unique signage and/or architectural design of that building, as well as the wayfinding system and maps in use in the entire Tunnel Most of the tunnel system is located in the western half of downtown Houston.
The tunnel is generally open only during weekday business hours. www.houstontunnels.com
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