Less prone to explosions, bird collisions, and painful butt burns, the segway has edged out the jetpack as the official ride of the 23rd century. Practice on these leisurely chariots of fire lest the future overtake you at 12.5 miles per hour with today's Groupon: for $35, you get a two-hour segway tour from Salem SegGliders in Salem (a $77 value).
During the Salem SegGliders tour, six riders shove off from the outskirts of downtown Salem and roll along to see the city's historic sights. Mobile history buffs glide through the Salem common to the Old Salem jail, hunting for lingering spirits or possessed potholes. Tour takers propel down Chestnut Street and Old Town Hall, meandering past houses rich with history and peering at The Friendship, a replica of a 1797 spice-trading tall ship. Guides captivate segwayfarers with stories and facts about the area conveyed via wireless VoX communications systems. All tours begin with detailed training sessions to ensure tourees feel comfortable atop their gyroscopic steeds.
Salem SegGliders not only gives you a new way to subtly veer away from an awkward conversation topic but also gives locals and out-of-towners a chance to see the city without putting miles on the requisite close-toed foot cases. Since driving a segway requires nothing but the ability to lean and the willingness to become an object of extreme envy, a tour accommodates both the very old (but young at heart) and the very young (but old at heart).