Underground Walking Tour of Portland

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Duration: 2h 30m
Location: Portland, United States | Portland, United States

Category: Walking & Bike Tours

Behind-the-scenes look at Portland's dark & seedy background
Little-known stories about past political & social unrest
Sights include the Chinatown gates & the White Stag sign
Exploration of the Shanghai Tunnels under the Merchant Hotel
Guide shares Prohibition-era tales of true crimes & scandals

Tour with knowledgeable guide


Grab a flashlight and explore Portland behind-the-scenes—exposing the city's crimes, scandals, and controversial characters. Led by witty tour guides, you learn the untold stories of Portland’s sordid history during Prohibition and the myths behind the legendary Shanghai Tunnels.

The striking gates of Old Town Chinatown, lined with iconic red lamp posts and 2 imposing bronze lions, set an impressive backdrop at the beginning of your tour. Stroll to an open view of the Willamette River and notice the famous White Stag sign welcoming you to Old Town Portland. Then, stop at the noteworthy 24 Hour Church of Elvis to see a notorious fortunetelling machine and an elaborate window display of Elvis-inspired art.

Dive into the vibrant underground culture and learn some of the best-kept historical secrets of local government, police, and famous events that shaped this unique city. Under the historic Merchant Hotel, delve into the legendary Shanghai Tunnels and get goose bumps when you learn the crimping reality that shaped the infamous underpasses.

In just over 2 hours this PG-13 tour exposes the stories of political unrest and social suppression that molded Portland’s dark and seedy history.

Cancellation Policy: 48 hours
Know before you book: You must be able to walk approximately 1.5 miles (2.5 km) and climb 2 flights of stairs., This activity is not wheelchair accessible., The PG-13 content is not recommended for children under 11., Check-in is 15 minutes prior to the booked tour start time., This tour is not recommended for children under 5., The starting location is at 131 NW 2nd Ave inside the old Merchant Hotel.

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