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The Best Rollercoasters in the US

by Travelbag on 29 August 2014, 09:08AM

The United States is home to some of the biggest, toughest and downright gnarliest rollercoasters on the planet. We think that it’s time you took a deep breath, steeled your nerves and jumped on-board. For those who seriously relish rollercoasters, the US is a haven of adrenaline pumping adventures.

There are freaky thrill rides of a calibre that you can barely imagine scattered all about the US, and they welcome millions of riders every single year. There is the Magnum XL 200 in Ohio, the legendary El Toro in New Jersey and the intriguingly named Intimidator 503 in Indiana – dare to show them what you’re made of?

This is the Travelbag guide to 10 of the best rollercoasters in the United States.


The Voyage, Indiana –Santa Claus, in Indiana, is home to some seriously quirky theme park rides. The majority are located in Holiday World, a park with themed areas celebrating all four of major US holidays. The Voyage is a relatively new rollercoaster in the Thanksgiving section of the park. It has a surprising theme – the voyage of the pilgrims. It might not sound all that scary, but it is actually a real thrill ride, thanks to record breaking air times that leave riders screaming.

Kingda Ka, New Jersey- the Kingda Ka, in New Jersey, happens to be the tallest rollercoasters on the planet. As far as adventure goes, you won’t find a ride more hair-raising than this one. It launches riders towards a terrifying 465ft peak, before plummeting to the ground at a tremendous speed. You will definitely need a souvenir photo after taking this beast on, if only to prove to your friends back home that you did.


The Intimidator 305, Virginia - this scream of a rollercoaster was inspired by NASCAR champion Dale Earnhardt. It involves a truly toe-curling drop of 300 feet, which never fails to shock even the hardiest of riders. It is one of only a handful of US rollercoasters that manages to reach such heights, with Kingda Ka beating them all at 465 feet. It attracts millions of thrill seekers to King’s Dominion theme park every year.  

Top Thrill Dragster, Ohio – when it comes to rollercoasters, there are few better destinations than Cedar Point, in Ohio. This thrilling theme park is home to several record-breaking rides, including the eponymous Top Thrill Dragster – a coaster than reaches speeds of up to 120 miles per hour. The mighty Kingda Ka might surpass it in height, but the Dragster is widely regarded to be one of the fastest rides in the United States.


El Toro, New Jersey – also located at the Six Flags Great Adventure Park is El Toro, a rollercoaster that would make even the most experienced rider scream. It has a unique characteristic, in that it is made almost entirely of wood. It promises an extremely smooth ride though, because it is one of the newest wooden rollercoasters in the world – beware the shocking drop, because the El Toro is no soft ride. 

Diamondback, Ohio – you would be surprised at the amount of awesome rollercoasters that can be found in the state of Ohio. It is a place, perhaps unfairly, associated with farming and agriculture – its abundance of rollercoasters is a clear sign that there is more to this state than barns and cows. The Diamondback is one such ride - it has innovative stadium seating, so that riders get a constant view of the park throughout. Plus, it hangs over water – there is a fun splashdown finale too.


SheiKra, Florida – if you ever find yourself in Tampa Bay, Florida, don’t miss out on the chance to tackle this monster rollercoaster. The curiously named Sheikra is one of the largest steel dive coasters in the world. It is completely floorless, so riders are dangled in the air at the top of a 200-foot drop, before being plummeted at speed towards a 90-degree decline. There is a heart-pounding pause, just before the final drop.

Millennium Force, Ohio – alongside the Top Thrill Dragster, at Cedar Point, sits the positively beastly Millennium Force. On its opening day, in 2000, this rollercoaster broke several speed records. It has an insane 300-ft drop, and continues to be one of the fastest and the tallest rollercoasters on the planet. If you are looking for fun and a few screams, Cedar Point is full of terrifying rides and hair-raising adventures.


Manta, Orlando – the Manta is located at SeaWorld in Orlando, so why not turn your thrill seeking into a full day out? You could catch a show during the early afternoon, grab a spot of lunch and then let rip on the rollercoasters. The Manta is unique in that it mimics the gliding patterns of a manta ray – every dip and every loop is taken face first. This surely makes it one of the scariest rides in the whole of the United States.

Nitro, New Jersey – this coaster is slightly milder than the rest on the list, but it still offers riders an unforgettable thrill. It has one of the scariest plummeting experiences, due to a deceptively simple lap restraint system. The worst (or best) thing about this rollercoaster is that you feel like you could fall out at any moment – sound scary enough to you? If you are a true thrill seeker, it will send you right back to the top for another go.

For help and advice on organising a trip to the United States, or for more information on the US package holiday deals available at Travelbag - click here, or call one of our friendly consultants direct today on 0203 944 2201. There is no better destination for thrill seekers than the United States – it is big, it is brash and it will give you an experience to remember.  

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