Bobbie Butterfield's review of the new Yukon Striker dive coaster at Canada's Wonderland from last weekend, I thought it might be nice to offer up some additional inspiration for a summer roller coaster road trip.Following
Many of you might have hit up coasters from multiple parks on a summer vacation in the past, so for this list I am focusing on some of our top-rated coasters that have opened in the United States over the past three seasons. I am starting us in the southeast, then heading north before turning west.
How many of these coasters have you ridden already? If so, follow the links to submit your rating and review, if you haven't done that already. And tell us in the comments what other new (to you) coasters you are looking forward to enjoying your first ride on this summer.
Don’t let those stats fool you — Kings Dominion has managed to pack a punch into a relatively small frame. Twisted Timbers shows that you don’t need to break any records to create a world-class roller coaster. — Full review by Russell Meyer
Busch Gardens Williamsburg
Even with record-breaking roller coasters steps away, InvadR brings a unique experience that is every bit as fun as the other world class coasters in the Busch Garden Williamsburg collection. — Full review by Russell Meyer
The “spooky” theming really sets the mood of the ride, with a ton of foreshadowing for the mystery that awaits in the shed. Mystic Timbers takes a roller coaster and a dark ride and combines them for something unique. — Full review by Anne Kelley
Steel Vengeance has everything and does everything that The Best Roller Coaster in the World should do. It thrills. It entertains. It breaks record after record. And the new RMC tracking makes it smooth as silk. — Full review by James Koehl
Silver Dollar City
Time Traveler is innovative, thrilling, beautiful, and fun. It hits all the right notes, resulting in a symphony of coaster elements that merge beautifully together to provide an immersive ride experience that will keep Silver Dollar City visitors coming back... time after time after time. — Full review by James Rao
Knott's Berry Farm
HangTime isn't about the 57 mph top speed, but all those flips and turns as it disorients you sense of what is up and what is down. If the coaster's opening moment is the hang time, the rest of this surfing-themed ride is the wipeout, as the waves throw you around, back toward the beach (aka unload). — Full review by Robert Niles
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