14 Scariest Roller Coasters in USA in 2018

There can be nothing as scariest in the world as riding on some of the most hair raising roller coasters in the world. The plunge that makes your heart stick in your throat can be one of the most terrifying experiences. But then, we do want to deliberately take those rides that launch us right into the stratosphere. Isn’t it? Let us look at some of the most scariest roller coasters in USA whose very appearance will make your knees go weak:

1. The Voyage

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Where : Holiday World & Splashin' Safari, Santa Claus, United States

Scariest feature : 90-degree horizontal lean.

This is going to be literally a voyage! Boasting the most air-time of any coaster in the world at 24.3 seconds, it is over a mile in length, and flawlessly designed to weave into and out of a series of underground tunnels. This wooden roller coaster is certainly a spine-chilling experience.

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2. Superman: Escape from Krypton

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Where : Six Flags Magic Mountain, Valencia, CA, United States

Scariest feature : Vehicles are launched backwards at 100mph right out of the gate.

You would want to escape this! The unique of them all- this is a reverse freefall coaster which means it propels passengers backwards and up a steep slope at a staggering speed until they’re perched, weightless, at the top, and then rockets them back down. This most thrilling Roller coaster in California is waiting for you.

3. Skyrush

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Where : Hersheypark, Hershey, PA, United States

Scariest feature : Reaches five Gs at the base of the first drop alone.

This gravity-defying coaster in Pennsylvania focuses on huge, sweeping arcs and feels as though it’s actually trying to throw you off!

4. Millennium Force

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Where : Cedar Point, Sandusky, United States

Scariest feature : Multiple rapid hills allow it to give the sensation of zero gravity.

With 300ft drops and speeds of around 90mph, this one of the top roller coaster in USA excites you with its rapid directional reversals. How many for this one?

5. Leap-the-Dips

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Where : Lakemont Park, Altoona, PA, United States

Scariest feature : The world’s oldest operating roller coaster, built in 1902

This is a strange entry here! Leap-the-Dips might only have a maximum drop height of 9ft, but what makes it exciting is that it is the only side-friction wooden roller coaster left in America which means that it’s held on the track by the friction generated by its wheels.  

6. Kingda Ka

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Where : Six Flags Great Adventure, Jackson, NJ, United States

Scariest feature : Flat-out the tallest roller coaster in the world, with a staggering 418ft drop.

Launched in the sky? This is the legendary Kingda Ka, the world’s tallest roller coaster that will make you feel weightless, as you’re accelerated out of the gate at speeds of 128mph to the pinnacle of the Zumanjaro Drop of Doom. Doom? You have heard it right! It is also the biggest roller coaster in the United States.

7. Intimidator 305

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Where : Kings Dominion, Doswell, VA, United States

Scariest feature : Multiple low-to-the-ground hairpin turns

True to its name, this is the longest drop roller coaster with 300ft at an 85-degree angle, but its real fear factor lies in its banking ability, which is on full display when it stops just short of the ground to veer off in any number of directions.

8. Goliath

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Where : Six Flags Great America, Gurnee, United States

Scariest feature : At 180ft and 85 degrees, the longest and steepest drop of any wooden roller coaster.

This one is the fastest wooden roller coaster in America that has two zero-gravity stalling areas. Keep your accessories safe for this as your body will not know where it starts from!

9. GateKeeper

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Where : Cedar Point, Sandusky, United States

Scariest feature : Tallest and fastest wing coaster, with six inversions.

Considered to be the Mecca of roller coasters in America, the gatekeeper flares out on either side of the vehicle, so you’re basically flying already as you navigate the myriad twists and turns of this coaster. You’ll also pass through two extremely narrow keyholes.

10. Cannibal

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Where : Lagoon Amusement Park, Farmington, United States

Scariest feature: A 116-degree drop. 

Although still not open, the cannibal scares you with its 116-degree drop which is one of the world’s steepest, and it careens passengers directly through a tunnel that dives headlong into a 208ft tower.

11. El Toro

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Where : Six Flags Adventure, Jackson, NJ, United States

Scariest feature: Multiple instances of what's called the "headchopper" effect

El Toro’s 70mph speeds are impressive; especially since you’ll feel weightless for so much of the ride.

12. Fury 325

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Where : Carowinds, Charlotte, United States

Scariest feature: Tallest traditional chain-lift roller coaster in the world at 325ft.

Fury’s first ascent feels like an eternity. Once you’re barreling down the first 81-degree drop at 95mph, you’ll become immediately aware of how much precious time you have left on this thing.

13. Desperado 225ft Drop


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Where : Buffalo Bill's Casino-Resort, Primm, Nevada, United States

Scariest feature: A 225-ft Drop.

Desperado was among the first coasters to break the 200-foot mark. Already dizzy ah? It certainly is one of the tallest and fastest roller coasters in the entire country.

14. Top Thrill Dragster

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Where : Cedar Point, Sandusky, United States

Scariest feature : Reaches 120mph in about four seconds into the ride as it leads into a 400ft drop.

Get propelled up the hill at 120mph! With speed and height that can inflame your vertigo, this roller coasterreally stands as the scariest. Definitely not for the heart patients.

So which of these roller coasters would you like to jump into for that super scariest moment? Let us know.

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