Do you fancy yourself a thrill seeker? Do you seek out the most exciting and death-defying rides at amusement parks and fairs? You may conquer the loop-de-loop at your local carnival without fear, but some of the biggest and baddest roller coasters in the country may leave you quivering.
Here are a few of America’s most terrifying roller coasters to add to your thrill-seeking bucket list:
You’ll find the tallest chain-lift roller coaster in the world at Carowinds in Charlotte, NC. This roller coaster is 325 feet tall at its apex, and it travels at speeds of up to 95 mph. You’ll reach the top and then plummet 81 degrees (almost straight down) at full speed before being whipped into multiple loops and twists and turns.
If you think that doesn’t sound too scary, consider that 325 feet is more than 30 stories tall. Imagine jumping from that height, and you’ll have some idea of what this roller coaster ride is like.
With a name like Cannibal, you know the ride will be scary. This roller coaster can be found at Lagoon Amusement Park in Farmington, UT. At first glance, it seems like a typical roller coaster with a lot of twists and turns. However, after going up 208 feet, passengers are dropped at one of the world’s steepest angles: 116 degrees. You aren’t just going straight down, but slightly backwards on the way.
The tallest and fastest wing roller coaster in the country can be found at Cedar Point in Sandusky, OH. Passengers are seated on either side of the tracks in “wings,” making them feel like they are flying as they whip around the track. The track passes through two narrow passageways at 67 mph, leaving you afraid that you won’t make it.
If you’re a true thrill seeker, you must add these roller coasters to your list of places to visit. You’ll enjoy an exciting ride while also gaining the bragging rights to tell your friends and family that you conquered some of the scariest rides in America.