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In the Spotlight: Meet Portland Walking Tour Guide Joe Streckert, or as We Call Him, Mr. Versatile

Saturday, October 8th, 2016

We’re going to be honest: we’re pretty wowed by our tour guide, Joe Streckert. Not only is he a native Portlander (yes they do exist!), which is a rarity these days in a city full of transplants, he actively leads five out of our seven different types of tours. How he keeps them all straight […]

Portland Walking Tours FAQs – Answers to All of Our Most Frequently Asked Questions!

Friday, February 5th, 2016

Thinking about booking one of our fabulous tours? Already booked a tour and still have questions? We’ve got the 411 on our most popularly asked questions. What if it rains? Lucky you, you’re going to get the full Portland experience if you do a walking tour in the rain! It’s hard to avoid our liquid […]

The Origin and Truth Behind the ‘Keep Portland Weird’ Motto

Thursday, February 4th, 2016

The other day we had a guest come in and see our bumper stickers and ask, “So, what’s up with the whole ‘Keep Portland Weird’ thing?” Being from the area, we’ve grown so accustomed to the “weird” things in Portland: the person with a cat on their shoulder, Darth Vader riding a unicycle with a fire […]

Did you see us on TV?

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

If you got up early this morning and turned your TV to “Good Day Oregon”, you’d have seen some exciting news – and gotten a great sneak peek into our newly unearthed subterranean territory on our Underground Portland and Beyond Bizarre tours. KPTV “On the Go” reporter Joe Vithayathil took a below-the-streets look at the […]

Portland Walking Tours on TV

Friday, April 6th, 2012

Portland Walking Tours was recently featured on MERGE!, a TV magazine-format show hosted by the irrepressible Kelsey Beer (perfect name for someone doing features on Portland, isn’t it?) airing on KPDX-TV. In case you missed it, here’s the link. Enjoy!

Two fun ways to celebrate Black History in Portland

Friday, February 17th, 2012

Portland’s history is just as rich and diverse, if not moreso, as its current population (although perhaps not quite as “diverse” as portrayed on the hit IFC series, “Portlandia”). Because we are such a forward-thinking city, however, many people remain unaware of the contributions of our African-American historic figures. This Black History Month, why not […]

Steampunkers unite!

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

This weekend is a great time to step back into a modern (?) Victorian age that never happened and join a celebration of all-things steampunk and neo-victoriana. The Portland GEAR Con starts on Friday and features fashion, music, dancing, and more. Plus, there’s an appearance from the Wanderlust Circus. Get your para-industrial gear on and […]

The Veleteria Museum closes January 24th

Monday, January 4th, 2010

It’s with a sad and heavy heart that we tell our loyal readers that a Portland institution is closing. The Velveteria – a museum dedicated to velvet paintings – is closing on January 24, 2010. After four years, our friends Caren Anderson and Carl Baldwin are calling it quits. They says it’s because of the […]

We recommend another tour

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

Starting today, June 3rd and through Sunday June 7th is one of our favorite times during the monthlong Rose Festival. That’s because it’s Fleet Week! This year, we’ll have ships from the US Navy, US Coast Guard, and three ships from the Canadian Maritime Forces. While our men & women in uniform will be busy […]

Happy Birthday, Oregon – You’ve come a long way!

Saturday, February 14th, 2009

The march to American settlement and eventual statehood started in 1811 – almost 200 years ago – when John Jacob Astor’s Pacific Fur Trade Company established Fort Astoria, the first permanent American settlement in Oregon Country. A mere 35 years later, the United States and Great Britain signed the Oregon Treaty, which designated the 49th […]