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Old Town Chinatown, Portland

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Portland: Ghosts, Poltergeists, and Psychopaths Walking Tour

1. Portland: Ghosts, Poltergeists, and Psychopaths Walking Tour

Take a historic and memorable look at the haunted past of Portland, Oregon, with a walking tour. Set off on an adventure through downtown Portland with a knowledgeable and experienced guide, and discover the most haunted locations in the area. Make your way to the meeting point at the Harlow Hotel and look out for your guide, who will be carrying a lantern. Begin immediately with the obscure history of the City of Roses before embarking on a haunted route to 8 locations in the surrounding downtown area. Head to the waterfront, then walk the dark streets to the Old Town Pizza to hear researched stories and eyewitness accounts of personal hauntings in Portland's morbid and mysterious past. From there, the tour only gets spookier as you visit The Shanghai Tunnels to see the firsthand reminder of Portland's shady past where men were kidnapped or "Shanghaied" and sold to ship's captains in need of sailors, and women were captured and forced into illicit work.  Learn about an entire network of vice and illegal trade that began to use these tunnels for gambling, opium dens, prostitution, and kidnapping. Follow your guide to some other haunted locations and hear, in gripping detail, the history of hauntings and paranormal activity.  Finally, make your way to the final stop at Kell's Irish Pub, where your guide can give you a recap of Portland's strange activity, answer any ghost questions you might have, and check out and exchange any paranormal pictures and activity caught on camera.

Portland: Underground Shanghai Tunnel Tour with Beer Tasting

2. Portland: Underground Shanghai Tunnel Tour with Beer Tasting

Descend into an underworld beneath Portland on this guided walking tour of the city's Shanghai Tunnels. Learn all about the haunted history of the network of passages, then head upstairs for a well-earned craft beer tasting session. Meet your guide to hear stories of Portland's dark past, and hear all about the resident ghost, Nina. Explore these atmospheric tunnels as you uncover the stories of how they used to be used to transport unsuspecting sailors to ships docked on the river. Then, head back up to Old Town Pizza, located in the lobby of Portland's notorious former Merchant Hotel. A special beer tasting of award winning beer, before reflecting on your adventure while sipping on a delicious full pint.

Portland: Guided Delicious Donut Tour with Tastings

3. Portland: Guided Delicious Donut Tour with Tastings

Accompany your passionate foodie guide to 4 donut institutions, where you'll enjoy a curated sample of Portland's best donuts. Savor classics like glazed and chocolate, and discover some more adventurous flavors, like lavender.  Your stops may include Sesame Donuts, Blue Star Donuts, Voodoo Doughnuts and more. You'll even be able to skip the line at Voodoo Doughnuts, where some people wait up to 30 minutes. On the way to the donut shops, visit some local sights including Pioneer Square, Chinatown, and the PSU Campus. Your tour guide will entertain you with interesting facts about these sites as you travel between treats.

Essential Portland: 2-Hour Guided Bike Tour

4. Essential Portland: 2-Hour Guided Bike Tour

There is no better way to explore Portland’s beautiful riverfront views, historic neighborhoods, and vibrant culture than on this casual urban bike tour which allows you to avoid city traffic, get some exercise, and see attractions up close. Make your way to the downtown meeting point, where you can pick out bikes and get ready to experience the sights of Portland. Riding through the heart of China Town and into Tom McCall Waterfront Park, the first stop on the tour is at the Japanese American Historical Plaza, where great views of the ever-changing cityscape await. Continuing on, you will have the opportunity to experience world-class bike paths and scenic skyline vistas en route to the city’s green neighborhoods and successful commerce spaces. The tour then moves onto the smooth paths of Portland’s Park Blocks where you will be able to visit the city's newest park providing a look into the future of community spaces. Finally, the Portland City Bike Tour would not be complete without a cruise through the Pearl district, known as a hotspot for incredible food, beer, and craft culture.

Portland: All-Inclusive Walking Food Tour

5. Portland: All-Inclusive Walking Food Tour

Explore downtown Portland on an all-inclusive walking food tour through the heart of the city. We'll meet at "Portland's Living Room," Pioneer Courthouse Square, and venture deeper into downtown while sampling food from unique vendors. Enjoy a philosophical introduction to Portland's iconic food cart ecosystem while learning about our city's history, culture, and people. On our tour we'll walk through the neighborhoods of downtown, old town, and chinatown, while passing through the largest independent bookstore in the world, our scenic waterfront park, and the famous Saturday Market (weekends only). Come hungry.

Portland: Afternoon City Highlights Tour

6. Portland: Afternoon City Highlights Tour

More than just a basic Portland city tour, our half-day Portland City Tour will reveal the laid-back small city feel of this fun and thriving downtown. You will experience the best Portland sites including the International Rose Garden (May through mid-October), the World Forestry Museum mid-October through the end of April on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, the Oregon Society of Artists from mid-October through the end of April on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, Pioneer Courthouse Square, NW 23rd (the best shopping area in Portland), the Pearl District, and the South Park Blocks. Let our informative and entertaining Tour Guides show you the best the City of Portland has to offer. Let the fragrance of roses embrace your senses with over 600 roses and be delighted with the beautiful Washington Park nature, featuring some of the most amazing city & mountain views around. More than 10,000 individual rose bushes bloom in the International Rose Test Garden from late May through October, representing over 610 different rose varieties. At the World Forestry Museum you can explore forests around the world through two floors of unique hands-on exhibits. The Discovery Museum’s colorful and thoughtful exhibits include information about tree planting, wildlife, the benefits of wood, outdoor recreation, and forest careers. The Oregon Society of Artists promotes visual arts in the diverse communities of our region, with educational opportunities for artists at all levels of accomplishment. While here, we will visit the OSA Gallery which changes exhibits every month, learn about the amazing history of the OSA (which started in 1926), and view rarely seen works of art by master painters who are part of the amazing history of this important part of the Portland Community. You will be taken through NW 23rd Avenue which is the heart of the Nob Hill District and is filled with century-old Victorian and Craftsman-style storefronts housing unique boutiques alongside national retailers, interspersed with coffee shops and on-trend restaurants and bars. In short, it’s a shopper’s and diners paradise. Portland’s Pearl District is the realization of a big dream. What was once a largely abandoned industrial district is now one of the most vibrant neighborhoods in the city. Scattered throughout, you will find cobblestone streets, loading docks, and lofty buildings that offer a glimpse into the district’s grittier past. It is an urban renaissance with its own unique blend of artistry, productivity, and public parks like Tanner Springs Park.

From Portland: Bigfoot Adventure 3.5-hour Jetboat Cruise

7. From Portland: Bigfoot Adventure 3.5-hour Jetboat Cruise

Explore the history and lore of Bigfoot while traveling 80 miles roundtrip on the high-speed Explorer Jetboat from Portland to Multnomah Falls. See the landmarks that make the Northwest famous while listening to exclusive recorded narration by Cliff Barackman (star of Animal Planet‘s “Finding Bigfoot”) and a live tour guide. Explorer cruises are an adventure-style experience traveling at speeds up to 45 miles per hour. Note that river conditions vary and may result in frequent, sustained turbulent motion along with varied weather. For safety and comfort, guests should be in good health and without conditions that could be aggravated by motion. Please consult your doctor prior to booking a cruise on the Explorer if you have a health concern.

Discover Portland: Half-Day Small Group City Tour

8. Discover Portland: Half-Day Small Group City Tour

Take a guided tour of Portland in a small group. Throughout the tour, you'll enjoy beautiful vistas as you drive the hills and bridges in a comfortable, climate-controlled vehicle. Your guide will pick you up at Director Park, then give you background on the landmarks you pass. Learn the city's history as you wander the neighborhoods of central Portland. Stop at the International Rose Test Garden, where you'll have 20 minutes to walk among the 550 rose varieties. Then, you'll ascend even higher into the hills to Pittock Mansion, which provides the best view of Portland and 5 stratovolcanoes, in clear weather. As you navigate the city, take in views of the parks, gardens, bridges, and trees of this lush city.

Portland: Half Day City Sightseeing Tour

9. Portland: Half Day City Sightseeing Tour

Enjoy a fascinating and informative narration by your guide highlighting the colorful past and present of Portland’s many historic churches, diverse modern architectural wonders, abundant city parks, bountiful boutiques and world famous culinary hot spots. Highlights also include a stunning stroll through the oldest International Rose Test Garden in the entire United States and a walk through the ornate grounds of the historic Pittock Mansion, built in an impressive French Renaissance nouveau style by one of Portland’s first titans of industry. Participants will enjoy sweeping views of the Portland city skyline, surrounding snow-capped volcanoes, lush evergreen forests, charming neighborhoods, dynamic downtown and myriad displays of artwork encompassing an array of vivid murals and iconic statues.

Portland: Guided Foodie Bike Tour

10. Portland: Guided Foodie Bike Tour

Come hungry and join your guide as you discover Portland's local foodie hotspots. Learn about the city's bustling culinary scene and the "localvore" philosophy that drives it. The first stop on your tour is a local coffee shop. Learn about this incredible business, its dedication to sourcing beans from women-owned cooperatives, and its passion for creating the very best coffee. This coffee shop even makes its own chocolate, a must-visit for any foodie. Discover Portland's food truck scene and taste the incredible flavors served up by some of these gourmet street vendors. The city has over 500 food trucks, creating fierce competition that drives the quality and creative delivery to delicious new heights. Continue your tour as you journey through more craftsman neighborhoods towards your last stop. Indulge your sweet tooth, topping your experience off with a visit to what is considered home to some of the best ice cream in the city. Enjoy the unique taste of the wonderful flavors created from the store's own handmade ice cream base, the perfect ending to your foodie adventure.

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based on 3 reviews

This was a fantastic tour run by a funny, engaging plucky local. His passion for food and the food scene in Portland radiates throughout the tour. He takes you to the best food trucks and shows you what is special about them. He partners with one of the best chocolate shops I have visited in the world (and I travel a lot). This is the first place I've eaten dark chocolate and liked it. He knows the history of the city and shares it with you. And at the end he askes you to pick your favorite item and it's impossible to choose because everything on the tour was truly that good. You not only get good food, and a great history lesson on the city, but you also get to truly see the character of the city and it's people. He partners with small, local shops, and you see how friendly everyone is, and they want to share their city with you. 10/10. Must do.

We were in Portland for 3 nights and this was BY FAR the highlight. We can't stop talking about it at home. David clearly loves Portland and that made us love it, too. His choice of food carts and other treats was so wonderful. Personal history with the places and food relationships with the vendors was impressive. Everything was so fun and week worth whatever the cost. Do yourselves a favor and book this!

“L” was an excellent guide. I had fun and learned so much about Portland history.

The tour was a lot of fun and very interesting! Natasha did an excellent job!

We had a lot of fun and learned a lot. Definitely a fun activity to do.