All of our walking tours are designed to take 90 minutes. With the exception of the St. Johns tours, our walking tours are moderate, level walks for all abilities. Plan to wear your walking shoes, and on hot days bring a water bottle. Tours are never cancelled for rain; ask us if you need to borrow gear. 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.
NW 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 and times are subject to change without notice.
Looking Forward to our 2023 Tour Season
Your health and safety are our top priority. Our walking tours are 100% outside. Masks are not required. 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 fifteen 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 NW Night With Ghosts Walking Tours start on the porch of Anna Bannanas, 1214 NW 21st Avenue. Our St Johns tours start at Two Stroke Coffee Co., 8517 N Lombard St.
Tanya Lyn March Ph.D. (Owner & Tour Guide)
VIDEO TOURS WITH TANYA MARCH AND OTHER PORTLAND EXPERTS
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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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 is a neighborhood with small town charm in Portland, Oregon, located in North Portland on the tip of the peninsula formed by the confluence of the Willamette River and the Columbia River. Many structures from the days when the neighborhood was an incorporated city are still standing. The community is known for its amazing bridge, Jazz Festival, annual parade, and eclectic mix of restaurants and small businesses. This walk has some steep grades, so bring comfortable shoes and a water bottle. The tour starts at Two Stroke Coffee Co. 8517 N. Lombard St., Portland, OR, 97203. This tour is offered on the Third Saturday of each month at 3 p.m., Thanksgiving & Christmas 2023. Thanks to a partnership with The St. Johns Boosters, Venture Portland, and Prosper Portland, the tours are offered at a reduced rate. If you are interested in this tour but are not in town on the Third Saturday of the month, please reach out to us. We are flexible and can add dates.
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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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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.
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!)
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Fun Fact #67 What animal marched next to two dump trucks during the dedication of the St. Johns Bridge in 1931?What animal marched next to two dump trucks during the dedication of the St. Johns Bridge in 1931? Answer: An Elephant Tusko, a male asian elephant, lived a horrible life in the United States. Born in Siam (Thailand) in 1892...
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