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Charlotte: Historic Uptown 90-Minute Segway Tour

1. Charlotte: Historic Uptown 90-Minute Segway Tour

Charlotte has interesting sights and attractions befitting its status as one of the 20 largest U.S. cities, but you might not know it. Our 1.5-hour tour will get you started. We give you 15-20 minutes of practice and orientation before heading out on our adventure. The southern part of the city hosts new museums and cultural spaces, so it’s a good place to open your eyes to current development. But Charlotte was already well established during the Revolutionary War, when residents drove out British General Cornwallis. The best place to learn about its history is in the center of town, where we will ride through the Fourth Ward neighborhood. It has Charlotte's oldest homes and cemetery. Of course you also get to see our high-rises and skyscrapers up close, as well as numerous outdoor fountains and public works of art.

Charlotte: 90-Minute Electric Cart City Sightseeing Tour

2. Charlotte: 90-Minute Electric Cart City Sightseeing Tour

Get ready for a whirlwind 90-minute tour of Charlotte's best sights! Meet your tour guide and fellow explorers at Fitzgerald’s Restaurant, famous for their dangerously delicious fried pickles. Once you’re all checked-in it's time to board your electric cart for the day and hit the city streets! Set out on a discovery of Uptown Charlotte’s 4 wards as you learn about the city’s history, as well as its visions for the future. Along the way, see some of Charlotte’s most popular museums, luscious parks, and a number of churches from a variety of denominations. Next, a treat for die-hard sports fans with a visit to each of the sports stadiums in Uptown Charlotte, as well as a stop to take photos outside the Carolina Panthers Stadium. Head into the historic 4th ward next, one of the most popular highlights of the tour. Admire the architecture of the 19th century homes and learn about the rich-history of this vibrant district. Throughout the tour, your guide will also offer commentary and recommendations to enhance your stay in the Queen City.

Asheville: 1-Hour Haunted Walking Ghost Tour

3. Asheville: 1-Hour Haunted Walking Ghost Tour

Uncover the dark and mysterious past of the city of Asheville on a haunted walking ghost tour. Discover several paranormal hotspots including Helen’s Bridge, the Grove Park Inn, and the site of Zelda Fitzgerald’s tragic death. Learn how Asheville is a city built on more than 200 years of gruesome history. Experience a side of the city that’s rarely seen. Learn the secret behind the hauntings at the Battery Park Hotel, the Jackson Building, and many more active paranormal locations. Learn about Asheville’s history and discover what makes the "Paris of the South" so haunted. All stories are based on historical events, local legends, and eyewitness accounts of paranormal activity across the downtown area. Learn about the extensive research conducted on the hauntings at each of the locations. Hear the most accurate and up-to-date information about Asheville’s troubled past and paranormal activity!

Raleigh: Downtown Sights and History Walking Tour

4. Raleigh: Downtown Sights and History Walking Tour

Explore the highlights of downtown Raleigh on a guided walking tour. Immerse yourself in local history and capture pictures of the sights like the State Capital building, the vibrant Fayetteville Street, and the Governor’s Mansion.  Meet your guide at the conveniently located meeting point in downtown Raleigh and begin your walking adventure of this city that was founded in 1792. Learn about this city's facinating colonial history from your guide.  Stroll at a leisurely pace to the North Carolina State Capitol building where you can admire its Greek Revival architecture. Pass by the North Carolina Museum of History and the North Carolina Museum of Natural Science. Marvel at the large globe statue in front of the North Carolina Nature Research Center. Discover where laws are passed at the North Carolina Legislative Building. Find out where Raleigh’s four ecclesiastical anchor churches are located.  View the American Queen Anne-style architecture of the Governor’s Mansion. Soak up lively atmosphere as you stroll down Fayetteville Street. See where community events are hosted at Festival Plaza. Take in the imposing columns at the Duke Energy Performing Arts Center.  Snap a shot of Raleigh's first skyscraper. Finish your tour at the old-fashioned Briggs Hardware store. 

SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium General Admission

5. SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium General Admission

Discover the magical underwater world at SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord where you get to explore 10 different zones. Encounter 5,000 undersea creatures including sharks, rays, seahorses, and much more. Journey through the freshwater lakes of North Carolina all the way to the depths of the ocean and meet these amazing creatures. Enjoy the Freshwater Exhibit so you can visit a small part of the Catawba River. The species in this exhibit are residents of the local streams, rivers, and lakes. Make your way to the Harbor Exhibit and make friends with the tropical underwater creatures who live in harbors around the world. Watch as hundreds of schooling fish surround you at the Shoaling Exhibit or see the Seahorse Mangrove Exhibit where you’ll get to witness these mythical creatures. Watch the seahorses grip at seagrass with their curly tails and suck up tiny shrimp with their straw-like snouts. Step inside Stingray Bay and be mesmerized by the happy and smiley rays. Step right into a sunken ship full of mysterious creatures that like to live in the deepest and darkest parts of the ocean. Explore the Tropical Ocean Exhibit where you can stroll under the sea as you pass through the awe-inspiring underwater Ocean Tunnel. Shoals of glittering fish flutter along beside you while sharks, rays, and Neptune, the rescued green sea turtle, glide slowly over your head. Be enchanted by the Jellies Exhibit and watch as these captivating creatures dance through the water. Then enter a kaleidoscope of color at the Coral Reef Exhibit where you’ll witness underwater cities teeming with fish that come in every shape, color, and pattern you can imagine. Last but certainly not least, make sure to check out Conservation Cove where you can learn more about how you can help protect the ocean and all its magnificent creatures.

Asheville: Chimney Rock Helicopter Tour

6. Asheville: Chimney Rock Helicopter Tour

Embark on a scenic helicopter flight that will provide you with great views of Lake Lure and the Blue Ridge Foothills. See Hickory Nut Gorge, Lake Lure, and Chimney Rock from a unique perspective before returning to the airport. To begin, head northeast toward Fairview. Fly over Hickory Nut Gap and the Florence Nature Preserve toward Lake Lure with views of the lake as well as the Lake Lure Dam. Be sure to keep an eye out for The 1927 Lake Lure Inn and Spa, featured in the film Dirty Dancing. As you turn, you’ll pass by Chimney Rock, a 315-foot spire overlooking Hickory Nut Gorge and Lake Lure. The tour continues over the valley and along Raven Rock Mountain and the Continental Divide in the Appalachian Mountains on your return to the airport.

Manteo: Outer Banks Ghost Walking Tour

7. Manteo: Outer Banks Ghost Walking Tour

Take a haunted ghost walking tour for thrill-seekers and ghost watchers alike. Join your expert guide on a lantern-lead hike through Manteo. Hear spooky tales of past and present ghosts that are still lurking on dark streets. Explore the Outer Banks, known as the most haunted beach in America, and learn about its spooky past. Dive into the macabre history of this town and hear tales of the evil spirits that still make their presence known to this day. Don't forget your camera. You might snap a shot of these permanent residents in orb form.

Raleigh: Haunted Footsteps Guided Walking Tour

8. Raleigh: Haunted Footsteps Guided Walking Tour

Experience the spookier side of downtown Raleigh with spine-chilling tales on a guided walking tour. Take a stroll through a history riddled with tales of century-old spirits and folklore. Let tales about spirts like the Yarborough House ghosts send shivers down your spine. Meet your guide at the centrally-located meeting point in downtown Raleigh and begin your adventure into the macabre tales of ghosts and creatures of the night. Find out where the capitol phantoms are known to roam. Listen to eerie stories of the peg-legged ghost. Try to catch a glimpse of the Yarborough House ghosts and stand where public punishments once took place in Moore Square that was established in 1792. Walk at a leisurely pace over easy-to-navigate terrain. Finish your tour at Briggs Hardware Store near your meeting point.

Charlotte: Queen City Ghost Tour

9. Charlotte: Queen City Ghost Tour

Join this family-friendly ghost tour to discover the most haunted places in Charlotte, Queen City. Expect to be spooked as your local guide takes you to 8 ghostly locations around the city. Or upgrade to an extended tour to visit 12 creepy city sites. As you explore the city, you'll hear the story of how the Tar Heel State got its nickname and the tales of the spirits who journeyed from Ireland, attached to a bar that was imported from the Emerald Isle. Visit spots of historical importance such as the site of the Battle of Charlotte, where men lost their lives in the struggle for independence. Your guide will recount thoroughly researched and spooky stories that, although creepy, won’t leave you lying awake at night.

Durham: Sightseeing and City History Guided Walking Tour

10. Durham: Sightseeing and City History Guided Walking Tour

Step into the past and find out what makes Durham so facinating on this guided walking tour. Hear about the city's bold, industrious, and passionate community. Find out local facts like where the largest troop surrender of the Civil War took place. Meet your guide in the centrally-located meeting point and begin your adventure of discovery through Durham. Learn about how the city is home to scholars, artists, entrepreneurs, and activists. Explore the American Tobacco Historic District. Travel back in time as you hear the story of how the Duke Family founded the city on tobacco in a bygone era. Learn about how the Dukes came to dominate the tobacco industry. Compare the past and present as you uncover an urban playground of diversity and authenticity. Hear about local figures from areas like research science, tech, jazz, blues, and athletics. Listen to facinating facts about Black Wall Street and learn about why baseball pitchers warm-up in the bullpen. Return to your starting point at the end of your tour.

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based on 89 reviews

Was able to see all the wards of Charlotte, visiting parks in each of them. Seeing all over the city while having fun on a Segway. Can’t get any better than that. Everyone that worked there was very friendly and had an amazing time with our guide. This was my third time using this company, and will 100% be back in the future.

First time for us riding a Segway and it was a blast!! Our guide James was awesome and we learned quite a bit about the city. Best way to get around and get the lay of the land!!

Thanks David !!! The experience was incredible and you are so good in history and Charlotte info Also we love your art thanks so much for making our moment magic

This was a super fun way to explore the city. They spend time teaching you how to ride it and the whole group of beginners picked it up easily. Super fun!

Our Guide Sherry was very knowledgeable and entertaining. She made the tour very laid back and fun.