All of our walking tours are designed to take 90 minutes. With the exception of the St. Johns tour; our walking tours are moderate, level walks for all abilities, but bring your water bottles and wear your walking shoes. All public tours are designed as loops with unique start points, ending at the same place where you meet your guide. The Nob Hill and Slabtown walking tours are offered back to back so guests can have the opportunity to experience the upper-class and working-class sections of the NW Alphabet District neighborhood on the same day.

History Tours Prices [Adults: $30/each] [Seniors: $18/each] [Youths: $10/each] [Tots: Free] Ghost Tour Prices: [All Guests $40/each] 24 hours advance reservations are required for the first booking on any tour date. Book now on PeekPro, or call 503-206-4676. Prices are subject to change without notice.

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TOURS 2022 & COVID Last Updated 9/12/22

Your health and safety is our top priority. Our walking tours are 100% outside. Masks will not be required inside at most establishments that you might wish to visit on your own on the day of your tour. Contactless online day in advance purchase and contactless waivers are our new normal. We are finding that many "public" restrooms we have accessed in the past ten years have closed; we strongly recommend using a restroom prior to arrival for our evening and holiday tours. We are accepting any & all expired gift cards-we get it you were staying safe at home. Our Slabtown Walking Tour starts outside of the Northwest Branch Library at 2300 NW Thurman Street  our Nob Hill & Our Night With Ghosts Walking Tours start on the porch of Anna Bannanas 1214 NW 21st Avenue.  Our St Johns tours starts outside the St. Johns Community Center at 8427 N. Center St.- now that summer is over that St. Johns is only being offered as a public tour on Thanksgiving & Christmas.

sincerely,

Tanya Lyn March PhD (Owner & Your Personal Tour Guide)

 

 

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SLABTOWN TOUR

Slabtown gets its name from slab wood — the rounded, exterior parts of logs cut away to square off lumber — produced as a popular form of heating fuel in the early 1900s by lumber mills of the neighborhood. We share with you numerous historic images of lost buildings and take you past existing historic sites, including the oldest house on NW23rd, the former sites of the Vaughn Street Ballpark, historic streetcar rails, the entrance of the 1905 Lewis & Clark Fair, and the world's greatest log cabin. Slabtown is a traditional working class neighborhood that is rapidly changing. The neighborhood was once redlined and targeted for everything from am urban renewal area to a freeway.

Private tours can be scheduled for any time of day by email request. 24-hour advanced reservations for individuals and gift card holder are encouraged. For the safety of all we are requiring masks for anyone over 5 years of age at this time.
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NOB HILL - ALPHABET DISTRICT TOUR

Our expert guide will show you the highlights of Portland's Nob Hill. The walking tour route guests beside some of the grand merchant homes of the 1890s and apartments built for the post Lewis and Clark building boom. The tour loops back to the starting point along the "Trendy 23rd" Street Shopping district, highlighting the evolution of this early streetcar commercial corridor. Nob Hill was named after the San Francisco area, and has become one of Portland's trendiest shopping areas. The neighborhood is known for fabulous tax-free shopping, great coffee and amazing verity of food. Many restaurants have added healthy street seating.

This 90-minute tour is offered year-round, every Saturday at 9 a.m. Day-ahead reservations are encouraged.
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ST. JOHNS TOUR

St. Johns Tour

St. Johns is a neighborhood of Portland, Oregon, located in North Portland on the tip of the peninsula formed by the confluence of the Willamette River and the Columbia River. It started as a separate, incorporated city that is now widely know for it amazing bridge, Jazz Festival, annual parade, and historic main street. This walk has some steep grades so bring comfortable shoes and a water bottle. The tour starts at the community center, built in 1942 as a community center for WWII defense housing and relocated to the current location. This tour will be offered again in the Summer of 2021. If you are interested in this tour prior to June 2021 please reach out to us we are flexible.
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HAUNTED NORTHWEST HISTORY TOUR

Experience Portland's paranormal heritage as we investigate several local ghost narratives gathered from homeowners, alienists, and newspaper accounts. The tour stops at three locations where the spirits are known to be less than peaceful. This tour takes place on Halloween, Fridays and Saturdays in October, and every Friday the 13th, and by request year-round.
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Testimonials

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So much fun! I love old houses and stories with intrigue, so this tour was perfect. We met our charismatic guide at the library to begin the tour. It was so neat to walk by a building and have her tell a story about a specific aspect of it which really brought history alive. I would highly recommend this to anybody interested in the history of Portland, beautiful architecture, and looking for a fun time.
M — Berkeley, CA

Portland: One of the best ways to get to know the city is via walking tours. Put Slabtown Tours on your radar for when you have visiting friends or family or just want to get out and about and know a little more of the Portland story. Tanya is an amazing resource of knowledge...history and local lore that should be shared with every Portlander.

Carye Bye Austin, TX

Tanya is the most knowledgeable person I know when it comes to historical buildings in Portland! Highlighting both flashy and gritty facts, her tours cover many eras. This is a can’t-miss if you like hearing the history behind the city you are enjoying. (And ask her about local museum displays — she points you to all the best ones!)

Nicole Portland, OR

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Fun Fact #65 When did Oregon go dry?

Answer: Oregon prohibited liquor 1916.  Three years after Oregon went dry the 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified.  It prohibited the “manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors…”.  Prohibition ended on December 5, 1933, with the ratification of...
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