Segue into the new year by booking one of the more than 200 Segway tours operating around the world. Invented by Dean Kamen, the battery-powered, two-wheeled Segway transporter is an emissions-free way to see cities. Here are five places you can take a guided tour aboard a Segway.
Note: Most tours require children to be 12 or older, weigh 100 pounds and be accompanied by an adult. Safety instructions and gear are provided.
1. Los Angeles. Roll along the beaches of Santa Monica and Venice, watching the parade of people. Photograph surfers, volleyball matches on the sand and street performers. Ride beside the canals of Venice as your guide lists the movies that have been made in the area. Enjoy the Southern California sun and the laid-back atmosphere of these famous beach communities.
2. San Juan, Puerto Rico. Experience Puerto Rico's capital, a city rich in Spanish culture and history. Learn why the Spaniards built forts and walls to protect their treasures. The sightseeing tour takes in the old city, including its narrowest house and the Governor's Mansion. Young people will enjoy the Fortifications Tour, which rolls to El Morro fort. Built in 1540, the hefty fortress has dungeons, tunnels, lookouts and ramps to explore.
3. Daytona Beach, Fla. Ride at sunset or when the sun is high. Either way, you'll enjoy the sea breeze, people-watching and the views along what's often called the "World's Most Famous Beach." Learn about the famous boardwalk, the clock tower and the city's car-racing history. Enjoy stopping by some local hot spots. You'll get a 30-minute orientation before taking to the streets on your transporter.
4. Washington. Hop aboard your Segway for a unique tour of our nation's capital. Consider enjoying the sweet smells and picturesque views of the National Cherry Blossom Festival (March 26 to April 10) from your transporter. Or, book The Lost Symbol tour for the sights and sounds described in Dan Brown's novel of the same name. The guide, a member of Washington's oldest Masonic lodge, will lead you through more than 20 monuments and memorials, including the White House, Scottish Rite House of the Temple and Smithsonian museums.
5. San Francisco. After a 45-minute training session, enjoy the hills of scenic San Francisco the easy way. Wind through Fisherman's Wharf and its crab stands.
Visit sites including Ghirardelli Square, the Municipal Pier and the National Maritime Museum. Glimpse Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge. Tour routes vary and may take in colorful Little Italy.