Adrenaline junkies, be warned! If heart pounding, jaw dropping, death defying thrills are what you seek, then look no further. Roller coasters offer safe and fun entertainment for thrill-seekers everywhere. We’ve compiled a list of the tallest roller coasters in America. In fact, some of them are the tallest in the world! It’s time to buckle up because this is going to be a wild ride.
Behold the rickety wooden glory of the world’s oldest operating roller coaster! Leap-The-Dips is a wooden roller coaster located at Lakemont Park in Altoona, Pennsylvania. It is of a “side-friction” design, which means that there were no wheels gripping under the rim of the tracks to keep the cars from derailing. A National Historic Landmark and the world’s oldest operating roller coaster, Leap-The-Dips is now one of only a few remaining side-friction wooden roller coasters in existence today.
Superman: Ride of Steel
Superman is pretty much the most extreme Super Hero working today: over-sized strength, mega speed, and pretty much at the top of his class when it comes to flying. It makes sense that the steel adventure bearing his name and famous logo on every car would be just as extreme. With a 200-foot drop, hypercoasters are the modern breed of oversized roller coaster. Located at Six Flags in Maryland, you won’t want to miss it!
Dubbed the world’s tallest and fastest giga coaster, Fury 325 is a part of Carowinds, an amusement park on the border between North and South Carolina. Riders begin their adventure on one of three 32-passenger, open-air trains to the peak height of 325 feet. Then, like an angry hornet chasing its target, riders race into a massive 190-foot tall barrel turn and a high-speed S-curve reaching speeds of up to 95 mph.
Named and themed after NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt’s nickname, was voted “Best New Roller Coaster” by Amusement Today. The Intimidator 305 claims to be the tallest, fastest and most thrilling roller coaster on the East Coast, though it’s not quite the giant of Fury 325. The ride stands 305 feet at its highest point with a first drop of 300 feet at an 85-degree angle.
Jackson, New Jersey, is home to the world’s tallest roller coaster. Ride trains are launched using a breathtaking hydraulic launch system to a mind-boggling height of 456 feet before plummeting back to the ground. This upside down U-shaped track bolts up 45 stories in the sky—leaving all other coasters in the dust!
Top Thrill Dragster
When it comes to coasters, there’s no better destination than Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio. Measuring 420 feet tall, the Top Thrill Dragster reaches speeds of up to 120 mph. Though Kingda Ka surpassed it in height, the Dragster is still one of the most-terrifying rides in the United States. Are you brave enough?
Though our list features some of the tallest roller coasters in the world, one blog post simply cannot do these giants justice. Instead, we invite you to check it out for yourself!
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