Roller coasters are all about getting your blood pumping and your adrenaline rushing. They are designed to scare you, and for some people, there is no greater feeling in the world than jumping on a roller coaster and watching the world whizz by. If you love a thrill, then check out the scariest roller coasters in America.
Kingda Ka – Six Flags, Jackson, NJ
Let’s start things off with the world’s tallest roller coaster. Kingda Ka at Six Flags in Jackson stands at 420 feet high, and it doesn’t mess around in getting its riders to that height. That’s because the roller coaster is also the second-fastest in the world and races to 128 miles per hour in just 3.5 seconds.
The roller coaster will take you up 45 stories before dropping you back down almost instantly thanks to a 90-degree drop. You won’t get long to appreciate the view as you’ll be crashing toward the ground in a dizzying 270-degree spiral.
Time Traveler – Silver Dollar City, Branson, MO
Silver Dollar City in Branson, Missouri, introduced a new roller coaster to their customers in 2018 and it’s a complicated one. Not only are there dozens of loops, twists, and turns that you’d expect from most roller coasters, but you’re also spinning the entire time you go around the course.
This is the first, and so far only, roller coaster to have three inversions, a double launch, and a 95-foot vertical loop. There is also a 90-foot free fall and it’s all set to the backdrop of a wild west, 1880s-style theme park.
Superman: Escape from Krypton – Six Flags, Valencia, CA
This ride launches you from a standing start to 100 mph all the way up a 415-foot tower. The scary part? From the perspective of the rider, it looks as though they’re being launched all the way to Krypton as you go straight to the end of the track.
Then as you reach the end, you stop and hurtle back toward the ground at breakneck speed. Superman: Escape from Krypton was the first roller coaster in the U.S. to reach triple-digit speeds and it takes a brave person to ride it.
Valravn – Cedar Point, Sandusky, OH
Valravn is a ‘dive coaster’ which basically means there is no floor and it feels more like you’re flying than any other roller coaster. This ride at Cedar Point, Ohio, will leave you suspended while staring at a 90-degree drop for what feels like an eternity before plunging you toward the ground.
Because there is no floor, there is nothing in front of you as you dangle off the edge of the drop. As there are fewer cars, it really feels as though it’s just you hanging in the sky waiting for the ride to take you wherever it wants to go.
These roller coasters will make sure you leave the theme parks with memories you’ll never forget. The rides are so scary that they will be permanently etched into your brain and you’ll want to go on them over and over again.