Seattle by Segway
[flickr-photo:id=38304340452,size=n,class="floatright"]Segways are a great way to discover a new town. You can rent a Segway and go on your own, but it is always better to learn from an expert.
I recently went on a tour with “Seattle by Segway” through the waterfront, Seattle Center, Pike Place and other downtown landmarks. See the main Seattle page here.
Tip: Parking is difficult and expensive at the waterfront. You can find cheaper parking a few block away, but remember that you have to climb down and back up to get to the water level.
[flickr-photo:id=37313781874,size=n,class="floatleft"]We started with a quick lesson on how to operate the Segway and be safe. Once you learn the basics, the Segway is very easy to operate and much faster than walking.
We selected our helmets and started the tour from their location at the waterfront. Our guide Cory was an excellent tour guide showing us all the interesting places as we zipped along Alaskan Way pedestrian way.
Interesting Facts: The Edgewater is the only over-water hotel in Seattle. It is built on top of Pier 68 and famous for hosting the Beatles when they visited Seattle in 1964.
[flickr-photo:id=38304341402,size=n,class="floatright"]On the waterfront we saw the Seattle Great Wheel and passed by popular seafood restaurants like Elliott’s Oyster House and the Salmon Cooker.
Towards the north end of the waterfront, we went into pier 70 to gaze at the Olympic Statue from a great vantage point. The huge face in this park is gazing at the Olympic mountains in the distance.
[flickr-photo:id=37969456706,size=n,class="floatleft"]At this point we went deeper into town and headed toward the Seattle Center for a great view of the Space Needle and Museum of Popular culture.
While at the center we drove our Segway in between large glass flowers that starting singing to us. We also passed by the International Fountain and a musical kids playground.
Interesting Facts: The ferry terminal connects the waterfront to Bainbridge Island, Bremerton, Vashon Island and Port Orchard.
[flickr-photo:id=37991613862,size=n,class="floatright"]On the way back, we passed through Pike Place and the old part of downtown at Pioneer Square. Riding the Segway through Pike Place was very challenging due to the crowds, but it was fun anyway.
Pioneer Square had a lot of old and historic buildings. Although my feet were tired from standing on the Segway for 2 hours, I was sad to see the tour end. It was a great experience.