Portland Walking Tours

Neighborhood Tour: Mother of Pearl District

Overview (click here to view)

This tour explores both the old and new in the thriving Pearl District. Locals and out-of-towners may not remember that there was a time when Portland's Pearl District was strictly an unattractive industrial area of warehouses, loading docks, brick, and steel. Today, The Pearl is the center of Portland's flourishing art scene and it has become home to an eclectic blend of condominiums, galleries, boutiques, cafes, and restaurants.

Our walking tour will explore the old and the new together as we see old government buildings, exquisitely renovated structures, and award-winning new constructions.

Tour Details

Dates & Times:

None scheduled. This tour is for private/group tours only. Call now to arrange your booking.

Tour duration:

Under 2½ hours
Less than 1½ miles (no hills, no steps)

Starting Location:

When we do public tours, we always start at the Portland Streetcar Station at NW 11th & NW Glisan, but options for private/group events include your HQ hotel, the Convention Center, the Tea Zone, or convenient parking structures.


Private/Group Tours:

$20 per person with a $200 minimum.

That does not mean that you need to have 10 people to book this private/group tour as we will (and have) done tours for just one person (with the $200 minimum).

Sights you'll see

Just some of the things you'll see include:

  • all about the creek below your feet
  • a former Buddhist church
  • modern streetcars & how they work
  • all about “car sharing” for Pearl residents
  • Totem poles made of airplane steel
  • a new park that has stirred up a fair bit of controversy
  • the Benson Bubbler water fountain for dogs - yes dogs
  • a building that is 98% recycled
  • the one story Otis Elevator building
  • the real reason it is called “The Pearl”
  • ...and so much more.