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Posted at 04:56 PM ET, 06/06/2012

Before ‘Apocalypse’: 12 best roller coasters in United States

Apocalypse is a new roller coaster opening at Six Flags America. (A.J. Chavar)

The Apocalypse is upon us. To be more specific: Six Flags America in Maryland is opening its new roller coaster, The Apocalypse, this week.

We asked Sam Marks, the founder of the Coaster Zombies Club, for his favorite coasters. If you’re a thrill seeker, Mark says these are the rides to try.

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Top Coasters: Wood Division
1. Thunderhead — Dollywood Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
2. El Toro — Six Flags Great Adventure Jackson, N.J.
3. The Voyage
— Holiday World Santa Claus, Ind.
4. Phoenix — Knoebels Elysburg, Pa.
5. Montana Rusa — La Feria, Mexico City
6. Boulderdash — Lake Compounce Bristol, Conn.

Below, we step up to the six best steel roller coasters.

Top Coasters: Steel Division
1. Intimidator 305 — Kings Dominion Doswell, Va.

At 305 feet tall, Intimidator 305 is the tallest coaster in King’s Dominion and can reach speeds of 90 miles per hour. (Kings Dominion)

2. Montana Infinitum
— La Feria, Mexico City
3. Bizzarro — Six Flags New England Agawam, Mass.
4. Dominator — Kings Dominion Doswell, Va.

The Dominator is the world’s longest floorless roller coaster, stretching 4,210 feet. (Kings Dominion)

5. Superman — Six Flags America Largo, Md.

Introduced in 2000, Superman drops 20 stories at a top speed of 74 miles per hour. (Gene Young)

6. Nitro — Six Flags Great Adventure Jackson, N.J.

Now that this list has whet your appetite, we want to know: Do you plan to ride the Apocalypse?

By Michael Katz  |  04:56 PM ET, 06/06/2012

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