Know Your City’s tours of Portland provide experiential learning opportunities for education about the urban environment. KYC designs our tours to foster dialogue between experts with first-hand knowledge and the community at large. Our tours provide quality information on issues of social concern to Portland, presenting interactive ways to learn by bus, bike and foot.
Recurring Walking Tours
Know Your City’s walking tours provide unparalleled experiences to learn about Portland, directly from experts. Recurring Tours are designed to appeal to tourists and locals alike, providing unique experiences to learn about topics not covered by other tour companies in town. Rather, our expert-led tours focus on seldom-mentioned histories and little-known facts, and include the following:
- Chinatown/ Old Town Tour
- Hidden Portland Tour
- Nob Hill & Beyond Tour
- Portland Politics Tour
- Seedy, Seamy & Sinful Portland Tour
For tickets, please visit our current events page, or call Brown Paper Tickets at 1-800-838-3006.
Flagship tours of Portland feature several guest speakers and locations, sometimes involve transportation by bike or bus, and are consequently offered only once or twice, with the aim of orienting locals to better know their community. Tours have traditionally been grouped in a thematic format, and have focused on broad-ranging social issues, such as gentrification, emerging technology, urban planning and more. Know Your City often partners with peer organizations on its Flagship Tours. Previous collaborators include: Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, WebVisions, Portland Art Museum and Multnomah County Library. We have also partnered with other organizations to produce collaborative Flagship Tours, including Colored Pencils, Hazina Management, Walls of Heritage Committee and more.
Know Your City’s PDX Social History Guide is a free phone app and corresponding website featuring 15 leading historians telling stories about people and places vital to the Portland’s cultural heritage. Portland has been home to many ethnic groups and cultures — including Native American, African American, Chinese, Japanese, Greeks and Jews, among others. Because of urban development, some of these communities have little physical remnants of their neighborhoods. Consequently, many visiting Portland for the first time — and even those that have lived here many years — are unaware of the city’s history. PDX Social History Guide brings our city’s multicultural histories to the surface through stories, mapping and smartphone technology.
Custom & Group Tours
KYC designs Custom & Group Tours of Portland for organizations, schools and companies, large and small. Custom & Group Tours range from entirely new and custom tours designed in collaboration with organizations, to private tours of our Recurring Walking Tours for special groups. We tailor these programs to the goals of your specific tour — working to present the highest level of information to meet your personal needs. Previous clients include: Oregon Tradeswomen, University of Illinois Alumni Association, Evergreen College, University of Oregon, Reed College, Lewis & Clark College and more. For more information, and to set up a consultation, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at (971) 717-7307.
Tour programs are made possible, in part, by individual members and donors. For more information on supporting Know Your City, click here.