Find out what makes Portland the remarkable and beautiful, progressive and controversial city it is! Peak Tours and Transit if offering six unique tours, highlighting some of the history that makes Portland Portland!

It all begins with our “Migrants and Misfits” tour on May 2. We just accumulate more and more strange people. All we are are the fugitives and refugees. (Author Katherine Dunn on Portland)

In our first Peak Touring Club tour of 2023, visit historic sights and hear the stories of some of the people and experiences that made Portland the progressive and controversial, headline-making city it is today. From the Black Panthers to the longshoremen, from activist Dr. Marie Equi to the comedic queen of drag Darcelle XV, from the Vortex music festival to the Vanport flood– and more! Your tour guide has prepared an unforgettable adventure through time.

We are offering a new tour on the first Tuesday of each month, May through October. (Note, July’s tour is the second Tuesday due to the July 4 holiday.) Upcoming tours:
• (June) Green Garden Tour: Portland from a sustainability perspective, from cutting edge architecture to protected lands

• (July) Pridetown The History of Gay Portland: From the hills to the hot spots to the hot buttons • (August) Portland Theatre History: Bards, boards, and boulevards; “What’s past is prologue.” William Shakespeare
• (September) Portland Literary Tour: A peek into the lives and inspirations of some of Portland’s renown authors

• (October) The Triple Butte Tour & Toast: Lava, legends, and landscapes; visit three astounding buttes and toast our final Peak Touring Club date of the season!

Tours depart around 10:00 AM (depending on pick up location) and last approximately 3 hours each. We offer sliding scale pricing for these tours, starting at just $45 each. And we offer a 15% discount to locals on all other tours with promo code pdx15.

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About Peak Tours and Transit

Peak Tours and Transit was founded by Portland actors Damon Kupper and Heather Rose Pearson. We started Peak Tours and Transit to deepen meaningful engagement with our community, and to share Portland, Oregon, beyond the headlines. Peak Tours and Transit provides heartfelt guided sightseeing tours and reliable group transit in and around Portland, Oregon. We are family-owned and operated and partner with other small local businesses to help strengthen our community. We believe no business should grow larger than it can provide exemplary customer service. Our mission is to engage customers with an entertaining and educational tour experience; and by divulging knowledge of, and exposure to, the unique beauty this region, we hope to help inspire visitors to aid in the preservation of all land. We at Peak Tours and Transit acknowledge the historical physical and cultural genocide of the Indigenous people of the Pacific Northwest by white settlers, and the colonialism which continues to displace Indigenous people today.

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