Best rollercoaster? Readers say SUPERMAN The Ride

Six Flags New England coaster named best in the U.S.

While thrill rides come in all shapes and sizes these days, nothing beats the adrenaline rush of a well-designed roller coaster. 10Best editors partnered with a panel of theme park experts to nominate 20 of the best in the nation, and for the past four weeks, our readers have been voting for their favorites. These are the results!

  • SUPERMAN The Ride
    Six Flags New England

    This 5,400-foot steel hypercoaster at Six Flags New England boasts a 221-foot drop and speeds of up to 77 miles per hour along the twisty red track. Don't forget to bring your cape!
    Photo courtesy of Thomas Wagner / Wikipedia Commons

  • Twisted Colossus
    Six Flags Magic Mountain

    The Twisted Colossus is where old meets new, wood meets steel and traditional thrills meet modern, high-tech innovations. This hybrid roller coaster is iconic, perched on the edge of Six Flags Magic Mountain, as it brings riders through a 360-degree zero-g roll, a 116-foot drop at (gasp!) 80 degrees and many hills. The thrills are long-lasting, too. The 5,000-foot track makes the Twisted Colossus one of the longest hybrid coasters in existence.
    Photo courtesy of Six Flags Magic Mountain

  • Phantom's Revenge

    The 3,365-foot track of Phantom’s Revenge in Kennywood brings visitors frighteningly close to another of the park's coasters, Thunderbolt. A hair-raising highlight is the second drop – a 230-foot thriller at 85 miles per hour.
    Photo courtesy of WillMcC / Wikimedia Commons

  • Goliath
    Six Flags Great America

    The world record-breaking Goliath at Six Flags Great America features one of the world's tallest and steepest drops, plus plenty of curves, turns and twists along the track. When it debuted, this wooden roller coaster was the world's fastest at 72 miles per hour.
    Photo courtesy of AP Photo/Sun-Times Media, Geoff Scheerer

  • El Toro
    Six Flags Great Adventure

    This Jackson, N.J., wooden roller coaster is known as “the bull” for its powerful and shaky train. It is also one of the tallest and fastest wooden roller coasters in the world. But this is no ordinary wooden coaster; it’s built with some of the highest-tech engineering, which contributes to a totally unique, old-school-new-school experience.
    Photo courtesy of Six Flags Great Adventure

  • Mako
    SeaWorld Orlando

    Guests looking for thrills at SeaWorld Orlando will find them aboard one of the park's newest rollercoasters, Mako. Orlando's tallest, longest and fastest coaster gets its name from one of the world's fastest sharks – appropriate for a thrill ride reaching speeds of 73 miles per hour.
    Photo courtesy of SeaWorld Orlando

  • Phoenix
    Knoebels Amusement Resort

    Phoenix, a classic wooden roller coaster inside Knoebels, proves that newer, taller and faster aren't always better. Consistently ranked as one of the best wooden coasters in the country, Phoenix offers panoramic views of the surrounding hills, as well as thrills in the form of a double out and back layout and speeds of 45 miles per hour.
    Photo courtesy of Knoebels Amusement Resort

  • Outlaw Run
    Silver Dollar City

    Outlaw Run at Silver Dollar City in Branson brings the world’s first double-barrel roll on a wooden roller coaster. We’re talking a 720-degree, triple, upside-down twist. Outlaw Run is one of the world’s steepest wooden coaster, with an 81-degree drop down 162 feet, as well as one of the fastest, reaching 68 miles per hour. With all of those rankings and a proud list of awards that Outlaw Run has well earned, you’d better hold onto your horses.
    Photo courtesy of Silver Dollar City

  • Apollo's Chariot
    Busch Gardens Williamsburg

    This steel coaster at Busch Gardens Williamsburg in Virginia is a hypercoaster that brings passengers on a 210-foot drop and reaches 73 miles per hour. All combined, however, Apollo’s Chariot will drop and drop some more – nine drops in all – until it totals 825 whopping feet. Expect to feel like you are flying. Or falling. Or floating, all while screaming.
    Photo courtesy of Busch Gardens Williamsburg

  • Steel Vengeance
    Cedar Point

    The world record-breaking Steel Vengeance just debuted at Cedar Point in May 2018 as the world's tallest and fastest hybrid coaster with the steepest drop (90 degrees), longest drop (200 feet), most inversions (four), and most airtime (27.2 seconds) on any hybrid coaster. At 5,740 feet, it's also the world's longest hybrid coaster and sure to be a new guest favorite.
    Photo courtesy of Tim / Wikimedia Commons

The top 10 winners in the category Best Rollercoaster are as follows:

  1. SUPERMAN The Ride - Six Flags New England
  2. Twisted Colossus - Six Flags Magic Mountain
  3. Phantom’s Revenge - Kennywood
  4. Goliath - Six Flags Great America
  5. El Toro - Six Flags Great Adventure
  6. Mako - SeaWorld Orlando
  7. Phoenix - Knoebels Amusement Resort
  8. Outlaw Run - Silver Dollar City
  9. Apollo's Chariot - Busch Gardens Williamsburg
  10. Steel Vengeance - Cedar Point

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to picked the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. Experts Robb Alvey (, Doug Barnes (Season Pass Podcast), Austin Carroll (Fastpass to the Past: The Theme Park History Podcast), Monet Massa-Sena (The Theme Park Princess), Clint Novak (In the Loop), John Stevenson ( and Josh Young (Theme Park University) were chosen based on their knowledge and experience of amusement parks in North America.

Congratulations to all these winning rollercoasters!

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