Courtesy Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
  • Summer 2013's Coolest New Coasters

    Undertow at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Calif. Northern California's only spinning roller coaster opens at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. . It starts with a 40-mph downhill, sideways drop. Undertow uses individual cars each holding four riders, with each pair of riders facing opposite directions, so you may be staring at the ground or up at the sky, depending on seat.
    Courtesy Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
  • Summer 2013's Coolest New Coasters

    Outlaw Run at Silver Dollar City, Branson, Mo. This brand-new, $10-million, wooden roller coaster sends passengers soaring. It's the world's second-fastest wooden coaster, with speeds as fast as 68 mph, has the world's steepest drop for a wooden coaster (162 feet, or more than 16 stories) and is the world's only wooden coaster to turn upside down … and it does that three times.
    Courtesy Silver Dollar City
  • Summer 2013's Coolest New Coasters

    Iron Rattler at Six Flags Fiesta in San Antonio, Texas. The Iron Rattler combines a classic wooden support structure with modern track and rails made of steel. It has a top speed of 70 mph, has a 171-foot drop and is the only coaster of its kind to feature a completely inverted barrel roll.
    Courtesy Six Flags
  • Summer 2013's Coolest New Coasters

    GateKeeper at Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio. The new GateKeeper coaster at Cedar Point takes riders on a "wing over drop" that rotates the coaster train 180 degrees to the right before plummeting towards the ground at 65 mph. Part of the thrill of this new coaster is the near misses -- it slides by buildings and narrowly makes it through new front gate portals.
    Courtesy Cedar Point
  • Summer 2013's Coolest New Coasters

    Full Throttle, Six Flags Magic Mountain, Valencia, Calif.Riders are loaded onto trains, sitting two abreast, and are suddenly accelerated from zero to 70 mph in the first of three launches, experiencing the first inversion inside the world-record, 160-foot-tall loop. Full Throttle claims to be world's tallest and fastest looping coaster.
    Courtesy Six Flags
  • Summer 2013's Coolest New Coasters

    Coast Rider at Knotts Berry Farm, Buena Park, Calif. Billing itself as "ultimate family coaster experience," the Coast Rider gives guests the feeling of riding the California coast. From the crest, it's a harrowing journey down the 1,339 feet of track filled with hairpin turns, twists and spins. The maximum speed is 37 mph and maximum height is 52 feet.
    Courtesy Knotts Berry Farm
  • Summer 2013's Coolest New Coasters

    Boomerang, Six Flags St. Louis, Mo.This orange-and-green monster first takes riders backwards for a climb up a 125-foot hill before hurtling them forward on 1,650-feet of twisted steel track at speeds as fast as 50 miles per hour through corkscrews and loops before taking them to do the whole ride again … backwards.
    Courtesy Six Flags
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