Before the Civil War, early Americans focused their aggressions on the British, constructing transatlantic spitwad shooters and racking up phone bills with international prank calls. Honor Old Glory with today's Groupon: for $20, you get a one-hour Segway ride through the historic hills of the Gettysburg battlefield with SegTours in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania (a $40 value).
Rated by TripAdvisor as the #1 most popular tourist experience in Gettysburg, SegTours rolls through an adventure in American history. The one-hour outdoor Segway ride ($40) equips small groups, typically around eight people, with the super-green gliders and helmets with wireless audio equipment to hear their staff escorts. After a brief training and practice session, groups take off and explore the site of the pivotal Civil War battle that claimed more than 51,000 casualties. Participants are welcome to stop and view monuments, take photographs of the battlefield, or judge North vs. South uniform fashion shows. Reservations are required and all guests are asked to check in a half hour early for Segway training and practice. This Groupon may be used toward an upgrade to a two-hour ride or a battlefield tour with audio guide or licensed battlefield guide.
Each Segway in SegTours' fleet is named after a horse that rode in the Battle of Gettysburg. Steeds include Charlemagne, ridden by Medal of Honor recipient Col. Joshua Lawrence, and Hero, who was christened by sandwich-loving Lt. Gen. James Longstreet.
- The Gettysburg Segway Tour is an active and eco-friendly way to explore the battlefield in Gettysburg. Step on the Segway device and cover an impressive amount of the battlefield in a short time. – Tara M. Clapper, Hello Harrisonburg
- We had a great time riding the segway, which was easy and comfortable very soon after being introduced. – doug374, TripAdvisor
Though it's usually cars and ghost-horse-drawn carriages that roam the monument-studded fields of Gettysburg, the intrepid individuals at SegTours devised another means of wandering America's past. The two-wheeled vehicles allow groups a more intimate look at the Civil War battlefield.