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  • America's Must-Ride Roller Coasters

    One of seventeen coasters at <i>Amusement Today</i> magazine's top-rated amusement park, <a href=http://www.cedarpoint.com/ target="external">Cedar Point</a> in Ohio, the appropriately-named Millennium Force celebrates its tenth anniversary in 2010. Riders soar over a 310-foot hill, through two overbanked turns and two tunnels while traveling at speeds of up to 93 mph, making it one of the tallest and fastest roller coasters in the world.
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    Kennywood's new launch coaster <a href="http://www.kennywood.com/attractions/NEWfor2010.php" target="external">Sky Rocket</a> features many exciting and unique features including three inversions and a 0-50mph launch in three seconds. After the high-speed launch, riders will experience a vertical ascent to 95 feet before a brief cliffhanger pause at the top and a 90-degree drop into a maximum G-force pullout.
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    Thrill seekers should head straight to the X2 Coaster at <a href=" http://www.sixflags.com/magicMountain/index.aspx" target="external">Six Flags Magic Mountain</a> in Valencia, Calif. Billed as the "world's only 5th dimensional coaster," the X2 combines fire, fog, sound and rotating seats in a ride that takes riders over 70 mph and twists and turns them upside down.
    Six Flags
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    Ever wanted to know what it feels like to be a manta ray? The Manta coaster at <a href="http://www.seaworld.com/orlando/default.aspx" target="external">Sea World</a> in Orlando comes close. Riders on this manta-ray-shaped coaster glide above huge aquariums, home to thousands of species of marine life, including more than 300 rays. Riders twist and dive just as a real ray would, and nearly skim the surface of the water below in a breathtaking experience … gills not included.
    Sea World
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    Intimidator 305, located at <a href="http://www.kingsdominion.com/" target="external">Kings Dominion</a> amusement park just north of Richmond, Virginia., just opened for the 2010 season. At a height of 305 feet and reaching speeds of 94 mph, Intimidator 305 is the tallest and fastest coaster of its type on the east coast, as well as the fastest gravity-driven coaster in North America. Themed after one of stock-car racing's most intense drivers, Dale Earnhardt, the coaster gives guests the look and feel of being at the races and strapping themselves into Earnhardt's signature black car.
    Kings Dominion
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    You accelerate from zero to 40 mph in two seconds flat on the <a href="http://www.universalorlando.com/Amusement_Parks/Islands_of_Adventure/Attractions/the_incredible_hulk_roller_coaster.aspx" target="external">Incredible Hulk</a> at Universal's Islands of Adventure in Orlando. That's a force equal to that of a jet taking off from an aircraft carrier. Next, the world turns upside down as you make a weightless "zero g" roll. Then you feel a surge in power as you pick up speed and a menacing roar fills your ears. All you can do is hang on as you feel the rage, power and fury of the Hulk.
    Universal Florida
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    In 1998, Hersheypark in Pennsylvania opened <a href="http://www.hersheypark.com/rides/detail.php?q=yes&id=1" target="external">Great Bear</a>, a steel inverted looping roller coaster named for the constellation in the northern sky. The ride, with all its twists and turns – and of course your free-swinging legs – has been described as ridding a looping ski lift at 60 mph.
    Hershey Entertainment & Resorts
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    Many people think wooden roller coasters lack the thrills of the more modern steel coasters. That's not the case with El Toro, which propels riders over 70 mph on one of the fastest and tallest wooden roller coasters in the world. Though the station house looks like a Spanish mission, El Toro can be found at <a href="http://www.sixflags.com/greatAdventure/index.aspx target"="external"> Six Flags Great Adventure</a> in New Jersey.
    Six Flags
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    The Top Thrill Dragster lives up to its name by launching riders from a standstill to 120 mph in mere seconds. After the drag racer-like acceleration, the coaster climbs over 400 feet in the air, crests a hill and comes back down to give riders one more thrill. Located at <a href="http://www.cedarpoint.com/" target="external"> Cedar Point</a> in Sandusky, Ohio, the Top Thrill Dragster is second only to Kingda Ka of Six Flags Great Adventure in both height and speed.
    Cedar Point
  • America's Must-Ride Roller Coasters

    The SwingShot is an exciting and wild swing ride unlike any other at <a href="http://www.kennywood.com/" target="external">Kennywood</a>. Because the two sets of 16 seats are positioned back to back, SwingShot offers every rider a front seat. Tremendous acceleration in both directions produces the exhilarating experience of weightlessness as riders catapult towards the sky, quickly reverse direction, and then plummet towards the earth at speeds in excess of 50 mph.
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    Busch Gardens Williamsburg, in Virginia, is home to <a href="http://www.buschgardens.com/Bgw/Explore/Rides.aspx?id=495" target="external">Griffon</a>, the world's first floorless roller coaster. It takes riders up 205 feet -- and keeps them there for three long seconds before sending them down at speeds over 70 mph.
    Busch Gardens Williamsburg
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    It's been more than 30 years since the <a href="http://www.buschgardens.com/Bgw/Explore/Rides.aspx?id=496" target="external">Loch Ness Monster</a> debuted at Busch Gardens Williamsburg, but that doesn't stop the crowds from coming back year after year to this classic coaster. This interlocking, double-looping coaster reaches a monstrous 13 stories high before racing those who challenge it down a 114-foot drop, at speeds of 60 mph.
    Busch Gardens Williamsburg
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    Winner of <i>Amusement Today's</i> 2009 "Golden Ticket" Award for the best steel roller coaster, Bizarro takes riders on a journey that includes two foggy tunnels, flames and numerous twists and turns. Though Bizarro is known as Superman's doppelganger, thrill seekers should travel to <a href="http://www.sixflags.com/newEngland/index.aspx" target="external"> Six Flags New England</a>, not Smallville, to find this coaster.
    Six Flags
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    In 2000, <a href="http://www.hersheypark.com/" target="external">Hersheypark</a> added Lightning Racer, the first wooden racing/dueling roller coaster in the Unites States. Two tracks run parallel in a racing formation and cross over for a "dueling" position.
    Hershey Entertainment & Resorts
  • America's Must-Ride Roller Coasters

    Dubbed the Ultimate Roller Coaster and King of Coasters by the New York Times in 1974 -- yes 1974 -- the Thunderbolt at Pennsylvania's <a href="http://www.kennywood.com/" target="external">Kennywood</a> remains near the top of everyone's "top coasters" list today. It's unique in many ways… including an amazing plunge immediately upon leaving the station and its biggest drop at the end of the ride. The Thunderbolt reaches speeds in excess of 50 mph.
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    This wooden coaster is definitely not the fastest, tallest, or most expensive in America, but it leads the entire world in one category: age. Originally called "The Gravity Railroad," this National Historical Landmark in Altoona, Pennsylvania opened in 1902. Today riders can still experience the ups and downs of the ride, now called Leap the Dips, at Altoona's <a href="http://www.lakemontparkfun.com/" target="external">Lakemont Park</a>.
    Lakemont Park
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    Kingda Ka's race-car speeds and skyscraper heights are nothing short of record-breaking. The coaster explodes out of the loading area, reaching a top speed of 128 mph on its way to a 90 degree turn for the sky that takes riders more than 40 stories high. Located at <a href="http://www.sixflags.com/greatAdventure/rides/Kingdaka.aspx" target="external"> Six Flags Great Adventure</a> in New Jersey, Kingda Ka is the fastest coaster in the USA.
    Six Flags
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    On most coasters, the only thing you hear is the whip of the wind and your neighbor screaming. But on the <a href="http://www.universalorlando.com/Theme_Parks/Universal_Studios_Orlando/Attractions/hollywood_rip_ride_rockit_roller_coaster.aspx" target="external">Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit</a> at Universal Florida you get to rock out to the song you picked before strapping in. You can even edit your adventure into a music video, then buy a copy to take home or send to your friends. But forget that for a second. This coaster hits speeds of up to 65 mph and towers 17 stories above the park.
    Universal Florida
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