America is home to many theme parks. This list will break down the top five roller coasters across the country. From Six Flags to Kings Island, I will give you the stats and personal take on each of my top five.
5 The Beast – King’s Island, Kings Island, OH
With a top speed of 65mph, this all wooden roller coaster offers plenty of fun. No inversions on this ride but the thrill factor is through the roof. This ride has held the title of largest all wood coaster for years. This ride sprawls over 35 acres and stretches 7359 feet, you won’t be left needing more (just wanting to ride again and again). With banked turns, creeks, groans, and tunnels filled with strobe lights, you will be left screaming in terror and joy.
4 Batman the Ride – Six Flags, Chicago, IL
While this ride had topped my list of all-time favorites for many years, newer roller coasters are built every year. This ride features 9+ seconds of zero gravity and a top speed of 55mph. The first of its kind, with the track above the riders head, it boasts 5 outside the track inversions. With a total length of 2700 feet, it provides a satisfying ride with a thrill rating of MAX. After the first time on this ride, I fell in love with the theme. You travel through a smaller tattered version of Gotham City, complete with wrecked police cruisers. After the park quieted down, I returned to ride this (by my best guess) 15 times in a row.
3 The Lightning Rod – Dollywood, Gatlinburg, TN
This coaster launches you up 45 feet up the track in 20 seconds to start things off. Reaching a top speed of 73mph and offering 12 seconds of zero gravity, you won’t miss the inversions. With over 90-degree banking turns and quadruple drops, this 1950s race car themed train is worth all 3+ minutes of ride time. Wooden construction adds to the thrill factor as you loop around the parks scenic hills in one of the most unique train designs I have ever seen.
2 The Voyage – Holiday World, Santa Claus, IN
One of a trio of highly regarded wooden coasters at Holiday World, The Voyage is the park’s most extreme. With a drop of 154 feet and a top speed of 67 mph, it delivers over 24 seconds of airtime which is more than any other wooden coaster. It also dives underground eight times, including a subterranean “triple-down” in which the train descends three times in succession in total darkness.
1 Top Thrill Dragster – Cedar Point, Sandusky, OH
This is the shortest of the roller coasters mentioned here but you will feel those 17 seconds long after you exit the ride. Reaching a top speed of 120mph, the train is launched from a hydraulic system. You are then shot up and over a crest reaching 420 feet straight up. The return trip to the ground is just as thrilling, with the addition of a corkscrew turn.