The Best Roller Coasters in America

Eccentric loops, tummy-turning drops and wicked-fast speeds


The excitement of adventurous endeavors such as white water rafting, backcountry hiking and downhill skiing is an incredible feeling, but it’s hard to compare it to the kind of thrill monstrous, man-made coasters offer.[slideshow:102271]

Roller coasters are each unique in their own heart-pounding, turn-you-upside-down way. For example, rides characterized as “giga” coasters reach a range of 300 to 399-feet tall, and “dive” coasters are known for their free-fall-like, 90-degree drops.  

The newest kind is called “hypercpoaster.” It is any roller coaster with a height or drop measuring greater than 200 feet.

You will want to ride these electrifying roller coasters at least once. Some of them are powerful enough to strike terror into the heart of the most adventurous amusement parks’ guests.

Though roller coasters aren’t for the faint of heart, they do attract a number of different ages. Every year means an added inch or two closer to reaching a height requirement for a ride a youngster has always dreamed of.

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