Our four standard online-bookable tours are 90 minutes in length and are moderate, level walks for all abilities. All tours are designed as loops with unique start points, ending at the same place where you meet your guide. The Nob Hill and Slabtown tours are offered back to back so guests can have the opportunity to experience the upper-class and working-class sections of our neighborhood on the same day.
Adults: $25 / Seniors (65+): $18 / Youths/Children: $10 / Tots (5 and under): Free / Tour reservations are required. Book now on Eventbrite, or call 503-206-4676.
TOURS DURING COVID-19
Tours capacity is reduced for our 2020 walking tour season. Smaller groups, start point time shifts as well as enhanced cleaning protocols have been implemented. Starting June 24, 2020 the Governor of Oregon requires Multnomah County to wear masks indoors-our guide will wear a masks or face shield and we ask guests over the age of 2 to wear masks. We are finding that many "public" restrooms we have accessed in the past ten years have closed; we recommend using a restroom prior to arrival for your tour.
Check out all of our virtual tour videos on the Slabtown Tours YouTube channel, and subscribe to our mailing list below for the latest updates. For more immediate details or special requests please call 503.206.4676, we can arrange affordable private tours and answer additional questions.
Our walking tour schedule and routes will adapt for safety of our guests.
Gift certificates for tours can still be purchased for future use.
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Tanya Lyn March (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 former sites of the Vaughn Street Ballpark, the entrance of the 1905 Lewis & Clark Fair, and the world's greatest log cabin.
The tour is offered on Thursdays at 1 p.m. and Saturdays at 2 p.m. Private tours can be scheduled for any time of day by email request. All tours require 24-hour advanced reservations for individuals and gift card holders.
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The Nob Hill Tour walks 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, known for fabulous tax-free shopping.
This 90-minute tour is offered twice a week year-round, every Saturday and Thursday at 11 a.m. Exceptions made for extreme weather or illness, hence day-ahead reservations are required.
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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.
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Experience Portland's paranormal heritage as we investigate several local ghost stories 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 the last two weeks of October, and every Friday the 13th.
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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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