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25 Ideas for Your Best Summer Ever

Summer Vacation Ideas: Roller Coaster

Courtesy of Six Flags Great America

Ride the Newest Roller Coasters

Coney Island introduced the 65-mile-per-hour Thunderbolt over Memorial Day weekend, its first custom-built coaster since the 1927 debut of the wooden-track Cyclone. Ohio’s Kings Island unleashed the Banshee in April. And Disney World’s Fantasyland expansion was completed with the opening of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train roller coaster. But roller-coaster cognoscenti know 2014 belongs to one beast, Six Flag Chicago’s aptly named Goliath. Leave it to coaster nerds to debate whether it qualifies as a true wooden ride (it has a steel superstructure) and instead know this: with an insanely sheer 85-degree drop from 180 feet, top speeds of 72 miles per hour, and a few inversions, it’s one hell of a scary, record-breaking ride.

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