Hold on to your hat, something new is debuting in Illinois come later summer of 2022. Not only will it be a first for the state but this attraction will offer breathtaking views of the Mississippi bluffs.

This new adventure will be waiting for guests to experience in Grafton, Illinois at Aerie’s Resort, the same spot that was the first in the state for the first gondola and open-air lift and zipline.

What's coming next? An alpine coaster.

@pigeonforgetn via TikTok
@pigeonforgetn via TikTok

What is an alpine coaster, exactly?

An alpine coaster is sort of like a roller coaster. These involve steep hills or mountains and carry you on a course through nature. There can be sharp turns and twists and offer amazing views.

Something alpine coasters have that roller coasters don't is a hand brake that allows you to slow down to enjoy the view.

Something like this...

@pigeonforgetnRowdy Bear Alpine Coaster with locations in #gatlinburg and #pigeonforge! #pigeonforgetn #gatlinburgtn #rowdybear

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What to expect at Aerie's Resort

  • A two-person sled, 38 total, (similar to the photo below).
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@pigeonforgetn via TikTok
  • 4,000 total feet of track
  • 3,100 feet of downhill track
  • 900 feet of uphill track

FOX2 News says the alpine coaster will bring the best views in the Midwest and it's expected to open in September of 2022.

Check out Aerie's Resort here.

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