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.
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