Lewis and Clark were a frownful bunch because they were forced to tour the brimbles and brambles of the wilderness by foot. Today's Groupon gives you a discoverer's eyes with a Robocop's wheels: for $32, you get your choice of tour with Segway Nation (up to a $75 value). Tours launch daily, with Executive and Ride "It" tours rolling in the daylight and the Ghost and Bat Tour creepy-crawling once daily during twilight.
The 2.5-hour Executive Tour ($65), Segway Nation's most popular wheelromp, explores the city's rich cultural past, present, and future (when everyone will be riding legally mandated Segways). You'll cruise through bustling Sixth Street, breeze by historic landmarks, and see the city's newest skyscrapers. If your group is especially well-behaved and resists the urge to bust rebellious wheelies, you may even get the chance to catch the Texas Star near the U.T. campus.
The Bat and Ghost Tour ($75) is a hauntingly seasonal affair that explores the more Scooby-snacked sections of ghostly downtown. Many guests admit to shaking in their Seg-legs when the tour stops at the Congress Avenue Bridge, where 1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bats swarm the sky like a bat out of a multiplicity machine. Other spooktacular Austin stops include the creepy Moonlight Towers and the ghoulishly gorgeous governor's mansion, as well as the ceremonious closing of the tour, the lighting of the Capitol building.
The 1.5-hour Ride "It" Tour ($50) explores many of the same spooky and suspiciously unspooky sights of the Bat and Ghost and Executive tours, while still providing ample time to ride freely, snap photos, and drag-race for pink slips.
Consult the schedule online and call ahead to book your adventure at least a week ahead of time.
Nation Tours, Inc.
Nation Tours, Inc. lets people explore Texas's rich history and culture seven days a week while aboard self-balancing vehicles. Rolling through Austin's past, their guides spin tales of prominent landmarks such as the Texas State Capitol building and Lady Bird Lake. These adventures echo in San Antonio, where Segways travel 6 times each day through The Alamo and Houston Street. In Dallas, convoys also leave 6 times daily and zip past historic sites such as Dealey Plaza, Thanksgiving Square, newly built Victory Park, the 6th Floor Museum where Lee Harvey Oswald fired at JFK, the Dallas Maverick's American Airline's Arena, and The JFK Memorial. When night falls across either city, tours send a spooky chill down sightseers' spines during their signature City Lights Ghost tour. Depending on the tour, various other sites may include: the haunted Menger Hotel, the Tower of the Americas, one of the oldest cathedrals in America, the San Fernando Cathedral, HemisFair Park, the River Walk, and San Antonio's La Villita art village. Segways zip across each city's haunted locations, outrunning ghosts who don't have the physical weight to lean their Segways forward.
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