Roller Coasters

Every year roller coaster enthusiasts travel far and wide to experience the biggest and the baddest.  With hundreds of amusement parks across the country, there is a coaster style for every taste.

Wooden roller coasters have been around since the late 1800s, while tubular steel track became popular in the 1960s.  Since then, coaster fans have been arguing which is better.  Roller coaster designers are always striving to create the longest and the tallest coaster…even coasters with the most inversions (points where the coaster trains are upside down).

Here is a list of some of the record-breaking coasters in the United States:

 

TALLEST STEEL COASTERS (also longest steel coaster drop)

Kingda Ka-Six Flags Great Adventure (Jackson, NJ)-456 ft high (418 ft drop)

Top Thrill Dragster-Cedar Point (Sandusky, OH)-420 ft high (400 ft drop)

TALLEST WOODEN COASTERS

El Toro-Six Flags Great Adventure (Jackson, NJ)-181 ft high

The Voyage-Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari (Santa Claus, IN)-163 ft high

LONGEST WOODEN COASTER DROPS

El Toro-Six Flags Great Adventure (Jackson, NJ)-176 ft drop

Outlaw Run-Silver Dollar City (Branson, MO)-162 ft drop

LONGEST STEEL COASTERS

Millennium Force-Cedar Point (Sandusky, OH)-6,595 ft long

California Screamin’-Disney California Adventure (Anaheim, CA)-6,072 ft long

LONGEST WOODEN COASTERS

The Beast-Kings Island (Mason, OH)-7,359 ft long

The Voyage-Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari (Santa Claus, IN)-6,442 ft long

AMUSEMENT PARKS WITH THE MOST COASTERS

Six Flags Magic Mountain (Valencia, CA)-18 coasters

Cedar Point (Sandusky, OH)-16 coasters

Kings Dominion (Doswell, VA)-14 coasters

Carowinds (Charlotte, NC)-13 coasters

Kings Island (Mason, OH)-13 coasters

Six Flags Great Adventure (Jackson, NJ)-13 coasters

Six Flags Great America (Gurnee, IL)-13 coasters

Be sure to visit the Travel Neighborhood for more information on these and other Roller Coaster vacations.

Do YOU have a favorite Roller Coaster or Amusement Park?

 

 

  • Nate

    If roller coasters are your thing, you need to make a journey to Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio. As Brian has pointed out, there are coasters galore, and some of the highest, longest, and steepest in the world.

  • Brian

    I will be at Silver Dollar City next week riding the brand new Outlaw Run (the only wooden coaster that features inversions). Cedar Point is definitely on my Must Visit list!