Top Roller Coasters in the United States
It’s National Roller Coaster Day! Working today? Not near one of these parks? No problem. Today’s the day to plan a mid-fall trip to a theme park to reward the kids for doing so well in the first part of the new school year. Here is a quick list of some of our favorites.
- Cedar Point: Located in Sandusky, Ohio – Cedar Point is known as the Roller Coaster Capital of the World and for good reason! Some of it’s more famous coasters include
- Millennium Force – with a max speed of 93 mph with a 300 foot drop.
- Top Thrill Dragster – max speed of 120 mph and a max vertical angle of 90 degrees – Whoa.
- Magnum XL-200 – this coaster started as the tallest, fastest and steepest in the world and was the first coaster to top 200ft in elevation. This coaster is the reason that all other coasters are racing against each other for those distinctions.
- Busch Gardens: All of the Busch Gardens properties are known for having great coasters, but Busch Gardens Williamsburg is known for some of the best in the country including Apollo’s Chariot. What makes this one great? It boasts a max speed of 73 mph, with the largest drop at 210 feet and maximum vertical angle of 65 degrees!
- Universal Orlando: Orlando is known for having a few great theme parks, but Islands of Adventure at Universal Orlando is at the heart of roller coaster parks in the area. You can find iconic coasters like The Incredible Hulk which was one of the first coasters to ever use a launch system to propel the rider from 0 to 40 in a matter of seconds.
- SeaWorld Orlando: Seaworld isnt’ usually the first place you think of when you think roller coasters. With the park being owned by the Busch Gardens company, it is quickly becoming a hot spot for great coasters. One of the best ones: Mako. Obviously named for one of the fastest known sharks in the ocean, the 3 minute, 200 foot tall coaster is a bevy of tight turns and steep drops making it a must ride.
This list could go on and on with the best steel coasters, or wood coasters, or steepest drop coasters and we’d be here all day. But the bottom line is, go out, and ride a coaster. The adrenaline rush is exhilarating, will help you de-stress and make you smile. Keep an eye out for the future virtual reality roller coasters that will start debuting around the country – not only will you be able to take a great ride, but you will be able to fight aliens in the process!