select - US roller coasters
Written by Oryx
The first roller coaster was patented in 1885. Ever since, roller coasters have pushed the limits of speed, height, and corkscrewing improbability. Feel the need for speed? Here are some of the world’s most exhilarating rides in the USA.
Six Flags, New Jersey
This amusement park has not just one but several of the world’s craziest roller coasters. On Batman: The Ride, your feet dangle free and you start off with a 10-storey lift followed by a 360˚ loop and fully inverted roll, reaching a top speed of 80kph. On El Toro, you face the steepest drop of any wooden roller coaster and hurtle over a series of humpbacks at 112kph. For the top speeds, however, strap yourself into Nitro, where you’ll hit nearly 130kph and experience a 65m vertical drop. Definitely not for the timid. Six Flags is in Jackson, New Jersey.
New York, USA
Distance: 10,792 km
Flight Time: 14 hours, 10 minutes
Kings Dominion, Virginia
This top Virginia thrill park has more roller coaster than your stomach could possibly take in a day, including the gut-wrenching Volcano, Shockwave, and Ricochet. Perennial favourite the 80kph Anaconda was the first ever looping roller coaster to feature an underwater tunnel, after which riders experience a 360˚ vertical loop. For the tallest, fastest, and most thrilling roller coaster on the US East Coast, however, the Intimidator 305 will propel you at 144kph, with enough twists and turns to keep even the most avid thrill-seeker satisfied. Kings Dominion is in Doswell, Virginia.
Washington DC, USA
Distance: 11,120 km
Flight Time: 14 hours, 35 minutes
Walt Disney World, Florida
The granddaddy of amusement parks sets itself apart with its themed rides. On the Rock ’n’ Roller Coaster you can blast off in a stretch limousine through Los Angeles’ freeways to the tunes of Aerosmith, while Primeval Whirl takes you back to the age of dinosaurs. And on Expedition Everest, career through the Himalayas on a speeding train while avoiding the clutches of the mythic Abominable Snowman. Walt Disney World is near Orlando, Florida.
Distance: 12,342 km
Flight Time: 15 hour, 40 minutes
Frequency: Daily Flights
Cedar Point, Ohio
Cedar Point bills itself as the ‘roller-coaster capital’, with 17 roller coasters (as well as other thrill rides) ranging from the genteel Woodstock Express for young children to rather more demanding rides with names to instil fear: Wicked Twister, Mean Streak, and the latest addition, Pipe Scream. The star of the show is the monster Millennium Force that starts with an 80˚ drop, rockets you up to 150kph, and has crests 94m high. Cedar Point is in Sandusky, Ohio, west of Cleveland.
Distance: 11,473 km
Flight Time: 14 hour, 35 minutes