Kingda Ka, Six Flags Great Adventure & Safari: Jackson, NJ
It’s the world’s tallest—456 feet—and the world’s second-fastest, at 128 miles per hour. As you leave the station, you’ll go from 0 to 128 miles per hour in just 3.5 seconds, which is about as long as it takes to say “Kingda Ka.” The 45-story climb is a straight 90 degrees (as if you needed another reason to hold your breath). As the old saying goes, what goes up must come down, and down you go—416 feet in a dizzying 270-degree spiral. Kingda Ka is one of only two roller coasters in the world that pull off such heights and speeds. Go ahead, we dare ya! Check out the fascinating story of how roller coasters really got their start.
Steel Vengeance, Cedar Point: Sandusky, OH
With its suite of 18 world-class thrill rides, Cedar Point bills itself the “Roller Coaster Capital of the World.” The newest ride in the park’s amazing lineup, Steel Vengeance, owns the title of being the tallest, fastest, and longest hybrid coaster anywhere in the world. Comprised of a wood structure below and a smooth steel track above, part of what sets the Steel Vengeance apart is its path. Standing 205 feet tall and reaching speeds of 74 mph, it features a 90-degree drop, almost 30 seconds of airtime (more than any other coaster in the world), and four head-over-boots inversions. In other words, ride this one before lunch, not after.