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Segway Tours in the West

Play tourist aboard a “human transporter” in Hawaii, California, Utah, and Nevada.

Segway tour of Las Vegas
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Photo: Jeffrey Goldsmith
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More fun than cards or slots? High rollers tour Las Vegas by Segway.

"Very easy, very fun." That’s how French visitor Hervé Fuges describes his sightseeing excursion in San Francisco on a Segway "human transporter"—a self-balancing, two-wheeled electric vehicle that you pilot standing up. Tip forward and you move forward; lean back to move back. The farther you lean, the faster you go—up to a preset 12.5 miles per hour.

A Segway is the perfect vehicle for casual sightseeing, although pedestrians may exclaim that you and your buddies look like tourists from another planet. Tours start with a training session. (Age minimum is usually 14.) Most last two to three hours and cost from $55 to $140, depending on length and location.

CORVALLIS, ORE. Explore the city’s beautiful riverfront. ( 541) 740-3021,

HONOLULU Glide along Waikiki Beach to Diamond Head. (808) 941-3151,

LAS VEGAS Roll by some 30 hotels as a guide reveals city secrets. (702) 877-3900,

PORTLAND Wind along the banks of the Willamette River. (503) 238- 2510,

SAN FRANCISCO Cruise beside the bay and gaze up at the Golden Gate Bridge. (415) 474-3130,

SONOMA, CALIF. Discover the old town, visit wineries, and nibble cheese. (707) 938-2080,

SPRINGDALE, UTAH Explore the gateway to Zion National Park. (435) 674-7700,

This article was first published in January 2008. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.