Exploring by foot is a great way to get to know a city, and Portland has some excellent walking tours that showcase the area’s history, hidden gems and haute cuisine. So, whether you’ve called Portland home for years or just moved here, lace up your sneakers and take a walk. 

Street Art Bike Tour, Image courtesy Around Portland Tours

Tanya March is the founder and owner of Slabtown Tours, where she’s been taking families, Portland Public Schools groups, summer camp kids and college students on guided walks around the city for more than 15 years. Each tour is 90 minutes and is doable for all abilities (Adults: $30, youth: $10 and children 5 and under: free). March has her doctorate in urban studies and her master’s in historic preservation, so she knows her stuff. She says the Nob Hill neighborhood tour in Northwest is a family favorite; the walk ends at Salt & Straw.

To discover — and sample — more of the city’s delicious foods, book a tour with Around Portland Tours. The local company offers both walking and biking tours (families can bring their own bikes, or use one of Around Portland’s). Co-owner Sarah Gilbert says families love their foodie tours, such as the Chocolate and Coffee Walking Tour ($59 for adults and $45 for kids) or the Doughnuts, Coffee and Street Art Bike Tour ($39 for adults and $34 for kids). Sweet treats for the win!

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For fans of Beverly Cleary’s beloved characters, head to the Hollywood Library in Northeast Portland. It’s the starting point for the Walking with Ramona tour. The free, self-guided walk meanders past sites important to Cleary and inspiration for her books, including her homes, library and a statue garden in Grant Park featuring Ramona Quimby, Henry Huggins and Henry’s dog Ribsy. Find the map online here.

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