I love a good amusement park, and it’s great to see the way they’re constantly trying to one-up each other with bigger and better rides. But there’s something about those old vintage parks that continues to stand out year after year. That’s where you find truly one-of-a-kind rides that still manage to surprise – and Iowa has a great one at Adventureland in Altoona. First opened in 1996, The Underground is definitely the most unique roller coaster in Iowa – in fact, it’s the only ride of its kind in the world! This fully indoor, immersive, mine-themed wooden roller coaster combines thrills with visual effects – at least it did until it closed for refurbishment. But fear not, this thrilling descent into the depths is scheduled to reopen for the Adventureland 2024 season with new flourishes but the same great one-of-a-kind ride.

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Wondering where we got all these great pictures of the inside of The Underground? YouTube travel vlogger Jacob The Carpetbagger took us inside on his 2022 visit to Adventureland.

Have you ridden The Underground in Altoona? What did you think of this one-of-a-kind unique roller coaster in Iowa? Let us know in the comments section! You can find out more about the upcoming 2024 season on the Adventureland website, and make sure to follow the Facebook page of this massive Iowa amusement park for the latest announcements about events and new rides. Altoona’s a great place to visit for the day – it’s home to Claxon’s Smokehouse, one of our favorite southern restaurants in Iowa, and if you’re staying the night you can sleep in style at the highly rated Hyatt Place Altoona/Des Moines.

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