14 Scariest Roller Coasters in the USA

By Sameer Kapoor on Mar 04, 2019
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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 these 14 most scariest roller coasters in the USA whose very appearance will make your knees go weak:

1. The Voyage

PC: Patrick McGarvey/flickr.com

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

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

PC: Jeff Turner/flickr.com

Six Flags Magic Mountain, Valencia, CA, United States

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

PC: Jeremy Thompson/flickr.com

Hersheypark, Hershey, PA, United States

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

PC: Matt Dempsey/flickr.com

Cedar Point, Sandusky, United States

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

5. Leap-the-Dips

PC: Jeremy Thompson/flickr.com

Lakemont Park, Altoona, PA, United States

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

PC: Chun Yip So/flickr.com

Six Flags Great Adventure, Jackson, NJ, United States

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

PC: daveynin/flickr.com

Kings Dominion, Doswell, VA, United States

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

PC: Wikimedia Commons

Six Flags Great America, Gurnee, United States

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

PC: Wikimedia Commons

Cedar Point, Sandusky, United States

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

PC: Youtube.com

Lagoon Amusement Park, Farmington, United States

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

PC: Wikimedia Commons

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

PC: Steve Nuss/flickr.com

Carowinds, Charlotte, United States

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

.PC: Ken Lund/flickr.com

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

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

PC: Wikimedia Commons

Cedar Point, Sandusky, United States

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

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

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