Segways are an eco-friendly way to tour

Earth Day is April 22, and there’s no better time to consider eco-friendly touring. Of course, you can walk or bike, but if you’re a bit adventurous, why not try rolling along on a Segway? Riding these two-wheeled gyroscope-balanced devices uses no gasoline,segways and it’s also a fun experience.

Here’s how the device works: Gyroscopes and tilt sensors keep the self-balancing human transporter upright. Your body movements determine how the Segway goes: Lean forward and the device moves forward.  Lean back, and that’s where you go. Your body is also the braking mechanism—you stand up straight to stop.  Each little shift in position causes a change in motion and direction, but once you get the hang of it, you can glide along without much effort.  Charged electrically, Segways can generally run at least two hours (more if you go down hills).

Sample these Segway tours in the U.S.

  • Santa Monica and Venice Beach—tour along one of Southern California’s most amazing coastlines
  • Chicago—take and educational tour of the Windy City’s landmark architecture, outdoor sculptures, Buckingham fountain, and famous skyline
  • Washington DC—cruise through the nation’s Capital, past famous monuments, the White House, and other icons of American history
  • Miami—explore the Art Deco District and South Beach on a guided tour
  • Atlanta—see the city’s skyline at night as you glide through the streets on the hippest transportation around
  • San Diego—take an eco-friendly tour of the Gaslamp District
  • Austin—roll down Sixth Street, through the Warehouse District, and by Lady Bird LakeSegways

Segways have gone international, too:

  • Pisa, Italy—cruise past the Leaning Tower of Pisa and historic religious structures
  • Milan, Italy—coast through Italy’s economic hub and fashion capital
  • Paris, France—glide through the City of Light and avoid the crazy traffic while receiving informative historical and present-day commentary
  • Cozumel, Mexico—combine a picture-perfect waterfront cruise with a scenic snorkel excursion
  • Berlin, Germany—see old country bridges, parks, and historic sites from your personal transporter
  • Prague, Madrid, Munich, Rome, Florence, and Vienna all offer Segway tours in which you can cover the city more quickly than walking yet stop to admire specific sites along the way

For more information about these and other Segway tours, check the city you plan to visit or click on

For a list of 465 worldwide Segway tours, click

Read about riding Segways in San Francisco

Photos by Larry Burmeier

Read more by Beverly Burmeier at Going on Adventures and Austin Adventure Travel