National Roller Coaster Day: The 10 Greatest Rides In The U.S.

Roller coasters are one of the great adventures a person can experience on any given day. Theme parks invest millions and millions of dollars into these rides because they know it is the surest way to ensure people consistently want to come to your park. People will travel across the country to experience the best roller coasters. Roller coasters are truly the perfect combination of excitement, fear, and adrenaline. With National Roller Coaster Day occurring on August 16, 2018, now seems like a perfect time to rank the ten greatest roller coasters in the United States.

1. El Toro – Six Flags Great Adventure, Jackson, New Jersey

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El Toro is a wooden roller coaster inside the Six Flags Great Adventure amusement park. When it opened in 2006, El Toro featured the steepest drop of any wooden coaster in the world. The track is 4,400 feet long and stands 181 feet high, reaching a top speed of 70 miles per hour. Among wooden roller coasters in the world, it still ranks second it highest drop height and fourth in both speed and height.

2. Twisted Colossus – Six Flags Magic Mountain, Valencia, California


Twisted Colossus is a steel roller coaster inside the Six Flags Magic Mountain amusement park. The original ride opened as just The Colossus in 1978 as a wooden coaster. However, Six Flags decided to close the legendary ride in 2014 and reimagine the ride as a steel coaster. This ride features a “racing track” meaning two different cars ride the track at the same time. Halfway through one car’s ride, another comes on from the opposite side as the race towards the other end, passing each other in the middle. The track is 4,990 feet long and 121 feet high, reaching speeds as high as 57 miles per hour.

3. The Voyage – Holiday World, Santa Claus, Indiana

The Voyage is a wooden roller coaster in the Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari amusement park. The track is 6,442 feet long and 163 feet high. It reaches a top speed of 67 miles per hour and features a 154-foot drop. Amusement Today called the ride the “Best New Ride” in 2006 and the “Best Wooden Rollercoaster” every year from 2007-2011.

4. Iron Rattler – Six Flags Fiesta Texas, San Antonio, Texas
The Iron Rattler is a wood-steel hybrid coaster. The coaster first opened as The Rattler in 1992 as a wooden coaster but in 2012 it was announced that Six Flags would be redoing the coaster by installing a brand new steel track on top of the original coaster’s wooden frame. By doing this, the coaster increased its speeds and its drops became higher and steeper. The track is 3,266 feet long, standing 170 feet high and with a max speed of 70 miles per hour.

5. Superman the Ride – Six Flags New England, Agawam, Massachusetts

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Superman the Ride is a steel coaster inside of the Six Flags New England amusement park. The ride first opened in 2000 under the name Superman: Ride of Steel. It was also known as the Bizarro coaster for a few years. The name isn’t the only thing about the coaster that has changed, either. Six Flags experimented with implementing a virtual reality system into the coaster in 2016, giving riders the option of wearing a VR helmet during the ride. That plan was ended prior to 2017. Additionally, the coaster has gone through several major safety changes after two accidents, one even leading to a man’s death, in 2001 and 2004. The track is 5,400 feet long and stands 208 feet high, reaching a top speed of 77 miles per hour.

6. Diamondback – Kings Island, Mason, Ohio

Diamondback is a steel coaster in the Kings Island amusement park that first opened in 2009. The ride is a hypercoaster, meaning it is a steel coaster that stands at least 200 feet tall and has no inversions. The track is 5,282 feet long and stands 230 feet tall. The ride reaches a top speed of 80 miles per hour during the run.

7. Maverick – Cedar Point, Sandusky, Ohio

Maverick is a steel coaster inside the Cedar Point amusement park. The coaster first opened in 2007, after a delay due to the fact the ride was found to be too intense after completion and changes were forced to be made. The track is 4,450 feet long and stands 105 feet high. The ride features two inversions, a 100-foot drop and reaches speeds as high as 70 miles per hour.

8. Mako – SeaWorld Orlando, Orlando, Florida

Mako is a steel coaster inside of the SeaWorld Orlando park. Mako opened in 2016 and was built around the park’s existing shark attractions. Mako’s track is 4,760 feet long and stands 200 feet high. This coaster features no inversions but does have a 200-foot drop and reaches speeds as high as 73 miles per hour. Mako is the only new coaster built by SeaWorld Orlando since 2009.

9. Millenium Force – Cedar Point, Sandusky, Ohio

Millenium Force is a steel roller coaster inside of the Cedar Point amusement park, the second coaster from the park on this list. This coaster first opened in May of 2000 and was both the tallest and fastest coaster in the world for three months until a new coaster opened in Japan that broke both records. The track is 6,595 feet long and 310 feet high, featuring a 300-foot drop. The coaster reaches speeds as high as 93 miles per hour. Since it opened in 2000, Millenium Force has been voted the best steel coaster in the country ten times by Amusement Today magazine.

10. Outlaw Run – Silver Dollar City, Branson, Missouri

Outlaw Run is a wooden roller coaster inside the Silver Dollar City amusement park that first opened in 2013. The coaster is the first wooden coaster in the world to feature multiple inversions. The track is 2,937 feet long and 162 feet high, reaching speeds as high as 68 miles per hour during its run.

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