Segway tours represent another step toward the inevitable fusion of man, machine, and commentary track. Give in to technological destiny with today's Groupon: for $37, you get a 90-minute Segway tour from Segway Inc. (a $75 value).
Segway Inc.'s tour guides lead guests past the clear-flowing streams, cedar trees, and rolling hills of the world’s largest JW Marriott resort on self-balancing personal transporters. Departing three times daily, the gliding tours of Hill Country’s heart begin as each rider is introduced to his robotic steed, learning how to navigate the machine and gaining its trust by feeding it computer chips. Meticulously manicured greens and shimmering blue pools frame the tour’s trail, with the meandering circuit weaving its way past two golf courses, a serene garden, and Lantana Spa.
Slipping through the scenery at modest speeds reaching up to 12.5 mph, tour takers snap shots of the passing landscape or just bask as breezes do-si-do through their hair. LeanSteer technology intuitively responds to body movements rather than handlebar steering to prevent tipping as groups zip around corners. All sightseers must sport head protection at all times, whether they opt for helmets or pasta-padded colanders brought from home.