Are you thinking of a summer road trip with your niece and/or nephew? Because what better way to see the world than by touring American roller coasters? Depending on where you are, you could probably knock off a few each summer for the next few years. Today we’re looking at a few of our favorite American roller coasters!
Carowinds Intimidator – Charlotte, NC
The Intimidator in Charlotte, North Carolina is over 232-feet tall and 5,316-feet long and reaches speeds of up to 80 mph. There are seven extreme drops and the ride lasts over 3 minutes. And, if your charges aren’t quite ready for the Intimidator yet, you could also visit the Dinosaur Park to see the more than 50 life-sized dinosaurs that inhabit the park. Just make sure you stay behind on the right side of the fence.
The Goliath at Six Flags – Gurnee, IL
The Goliath is an old-fashioned, teeth grinding, back bending wooden coaster at the Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, Illinois. The ride holds three world records for the world’s fastest wooden coaster (reaching 72 mph), the world’s tallest drop for a wooden coaster (180 feet) and the world’s steepest drop for a wooden coaster (a near-vertical 85 degrees). And if you go on a really hot day, you can also stop through the water park for some slipping and sliding!
Hershey Park Storm Runner – Hershey, PA
The Storm Runner is a launched roller coaster – instead of using gravity to go fast, the coaster launches to a height of 150 feet (46 m) and catapults riders from 0 to 72 mph (116 km/h) in two seconds. And if you’re at HersheyPark, of course you have to stop and get some chocolate treats to bring back (we don’t suggest eating immediately before the ride though).
Beach Boardwalk Giant Dipper – Santa Cruz, California
The Giant Dipper is a feature of the Beach Boardwalk in Santa Cruz, California. As of 2012, over 60 million people have ridden this wooden coaster, which opened in 1924. While the train only reaches speeds of 55 miles per hour, it is a national treasure, having been named a Historic Landmark and receiving a Golden Age Coaster award. And…when you’re done with rides for the day, you can always hit the adjacent beach to catch a little surf!
There are amazing roller coasters in all corners of the country, and we’ve only touched on a few. Have we covered some of your favorites? Which ones do you plan on visiting with your niece and nephew this year?