San Francisco by Segway

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Capturing on video a tour of Golden Gate Park

Look! There near the trees! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No! It’s an Expedia Viewfinder blogger! Making emu noises! On a Segway!

On a recent visit to San Francisco, as I zipped around Golden Gate Park on a Segway earlier this summer, this was the omniscient third-party voice I heard in my head.

Sure, I was on a tour; part of a larger group. Yes, the Segway didn’t actually go faster than 12 mph. But I felt cool—a lot cooler than I thought I’d feel—and it sure as hell felt like I was going fast.

I did the tour as part of an epic two-city road trip I took with my family in June. While my wife and kids were back at the hotel (the kids aren’t big enough to ride Segways, and somebody had to watch them), I was tooling around the park and making emu noises as I went.

The tour started with a practice session and a safety demonstration.


Then, we were off. All told, we covered about eight miles along the east side of the park. Our escapade lasted about 2.5 hours. Along the way, we learned a TON of fascinating (and valuable) information about the park, San Francisco history, and more.

Perhaps the best part of this experience was the ease with which I booked—because Expedia now enables customers to book activities alongside flights, hotels, and rental cars, I was able to buy a spot on my Segway tour right from, and pay less because I bundled it with other travel.

Considering my wife and I are constantly traveling with our two little ones, this benefit saved us both money and time. Who doesn’t need more of those?

What are some of the best tours you’ve taken and why?

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Matt Villano

In more than 20 years as a professional journalist, Matt Villano has had articles published in outlets including TIME, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, National Geographic Traveler, Sunset, Coastal Living, and Entrepreneur, to name a few. He currently blogs about family travel at, and occasionally covers family travel for Family Fun and Scholastic Parent & Child magazines. Villano also wrote the family travel blog for Parenting magazine, and an adventure travel blog for (a one-time website of Brand USA). In addition to travel, Villano’s areas of expertise are business, technology and gambling. When he’s not working at his stand-up desk, Villano is chasing after his three daughters, both of whom are future New York Yankees fans. His favorite destination on Earth is his (adopted) hometown of Healdsburg, California. No. 2 on the list: Vancouver Island, British Columbia (specifically Tofino). For more about Villano, visit

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