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Gardens and Woodlands

3/4/2007
See the North Carolina Arboretum by Segway

Segway Tours Glide Along

At the North Carolina Arboretum

Photo of flowers is here.

The North Carolina Arboretum boasts colorful and fragrant floral beds, now viewable by Segway.*

By Thomas R. and Deborah A. Fletcher

The quickest way to gain an overview of the 434-acre North Carolina Arboretum is on a recently introduced Segway Personal Transporter tour. The Segway is a two-wheeled, electronically powered, form of transportation that quickly and quietly glides visitors through the gardens. It's also environmentally friendly, according to the arboretum.

The three-hour Segway program includes a 45-minute training session on the operation of the human transporter. The model used in the program is the fat-tire XT model, which has been designed for use on steep or rough terrain.

Visitors who take a Segway tour must be at least 14 years old. They must also weigh between 80 and 250 pounds. Those under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

“A Glide through Nature” tours start at $45. That fee is in addition to $6 for parking. There is no charge to enter the Arboretum itself. Tours must be booked and prepaid. Call 828-665-2493 for more information or to book a tour.

The North Carolina Arboretum is located at 100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way, Asheville, NC. Contact 828-665-2492 or visit www.ncarboretum.org.

Thomas R. & Deborah A. Fletcher are travel writers concentrating on culture, cuisine, and adventure. A professional photographer as well, Thomas is a member of the Society of American Travel Writers. The couple has contributed articles to AAA Going Places, BBC Wildlife, Caribbean Travel & Life, the Charleston Gazette-Mail, Country Discoveries Magazine, Home & Away, Islands, Latitudes, the Roanoke Times, Sierra Magazine, Spa Magazine, Town & Country Travel and Travel & Leisure, to name just a few publications.

*Photo is owned, copyrighted and used with permission of the North Carolina Arboretum. All rights reserved. Please do not link to nor copy this photo. Thank you.


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