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
Your health and safety is our top priority our tours are 100% outside. We understand there is a lot of uncertainty at this time. Masks are required for all guests ages 3 and up, as of June 24, 2020. Onsite hand sanitizer, contactless purchase and contactless waivers are our new normal. In Portland, we are under a local freeze for 4 weeks starting Wednesday November 18, 2020. The local laws and regulations restrict gatherings to six individuals. Tours guests are limited to groups from a single household during the 4-week freeze, and the freeze could be extended. Freeze measures include: Limiting social get-togethers (indoors and outdoors) to no more than six people, total, from no more than two households. We are only allowing a single ticket to be purchased online for our Saturday tours. You may add up to 4 addition guests from your own household-the single ticket purchase reserves your spot; we will reach out to you by phone & e-mail to determine your needs. Our owner and guide counts as one of the two households.
We are accepting expired gift cards-we get it you were staying safe at home. Do not worry if you have a gift card that was donated to a not-for-profit fundraiser; we will accept an expired those cards for tours in 2021 & 2022. Reservations can be refunded with 24 hour notice. 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 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. Tour capacity has been reduced for our 2020-21 walking tour season and we are updating our website often.
Our walking tour schedule and routes will continue to adapt for the safety of our guests and guide. Private tours are always encouraged.
Gift certificates for tours can still be purchased for future use.
Thank you to all our T-shirt supporters and gift certificate purchasers. We are working on a new t-shirt during the freeze.
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 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.
The tour is offered on Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays at 2 p.m. 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 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 twice a week year-round, every Saturday and Thursday at 9 a.m. Day-ahead reservations are encouraged.
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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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