Thrill seekers and adventure junkies, you’ve come to the right place! If you’re looking for an unbelievable ride on some of the most heart-pumping, adrenaline-inducing roller coasters in the world, look no further. Check out the biggest and baddest roller coasters in the United States! These towering structures are a testament to the ingenuity and creativity of the engineers who designed them. They offer a one-of-a-kind experience that simply cannot be matched. So, strap in and hold on tight as we discover the biggest roller coasters in America — and the biggest roller coaster on the planet!
8. Titan – Six Flags Over Texas (Arlington, Texas)
The eighth biggest roller coaster in America is Titan, an intense steel roller coaster at Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington. This hypercoaster was designed by Werner Stengel and built by Giovanola, opening its gates in April 2001. Rising to a heart-stopping height of 245 feet, Titan features a twister track and out-and-back layout. Riders also plummet down a 255-foot drop at a blistering pace of 85 miles an hour!
The feeling is intense! Some riders have reported blackouts or grayouts during the helix sections of the ride. They also report headaches along certain parts of the track. However, these incidents are most common during the scorching summer months when visitors may be dehydrated. If you ever find yourself at Six Flags, make sure that you drink plenty of water before climbing aboard Titan!
|Length of track||5,312 feet|
|Top speed||85 mph|
|Duration||3 minutes and 20 seconds|
7. Orion – Kings Island (Mason, Ohio)
This coaster was designed exclusively by Bolliger & Mabillard, the Swiss-based experts behind the Diamondback and Banshee (also at Kings Island). Orion is one of the biggest roller coasters in America! Not only is it incredibly tall, but it is also one of only seven giga coasters in the entire world. (A giga coaster is a roller coaster with a height or drop of 300 to 399 feet). Building this enormous roller coaster was part of the largest investment in Kings Islands history. It cost an estimated $30 million dollars. Orion debuted in July 2020.
With 5,321 feet of track, Orion stands a mind-boggling 287 feet tall, towering over everything around it. It reaches a top speed of 91 mph, and the jaw-dropping 300-foot drop will have you screaming! You can find the Orion roller coaster in the Area 72 section of the park.
|Length of track||5,321 feet|
|Top speed||91 mph|
6. Intimidator 305 – Kings Dominion (Doswell, Virginia)
The second giga coaster to be built in the United States was the Intimidator 305. It is located at Kings Dominion, an amusement park in Doswell, Virginia. Standing tall at a staggering 305 feet, this massive roller coaster was named after the iconic Dale Earnhardt. He was known as “The Intimidator” in the world of NASCAR.
Much like its name, the Intimidator 305 is one of the biggest roller coasters in America. It is definitely not one for the faint of heart. In fact, when it first opened in 2010, the Intimidator 305 ran into some trouble due to its intense g-forces. Some riders even experienced temporary vision loss and/or blackouts! But don’t worry, the ride was closed and revamped to ensure the safety of all thrill seekers. Now with its updated design, the Intimidator 305 offers a three-minute adrenaline rush that will leave you breathless. You can find it in the Jungle X-Pedition section of the park.
|Length of track||5,100 feet|
|Top speed||90 mph|
5. Millennium Force – Cedar Point (Sandusky, Ohio)
Our next giant roller coaster is located at Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio. The Millennium Force stands tall at 310 feet and was manufactured by Intamin. Opening in 2000, the Millenium Force was the first giga coaster in the entire world. However, this monster coaster is not just super tall — it also covers an insane 13 acres of land with 6,595 feet of track!
With a top speed of 93 mph, it only takes about two minutes and 20 seconds to complete the ride! The Millennium Force features a 300-foot tall cable lift hill with a 300-foot drop, three overbanked turns, two tunnels, and three hills. For a short time, it was both the tallest and the fastest roller coaster in the world. However, its reign was cut short as the Steel Dragon 2000 opened in Japan later that same year.
|Length of track||6,595 feet|
|Top speed||93 mph|
|Duration||2 minutes and 20 seconds|
4. Fury 325 – Carowinds (Charlotte, North Carolina)
Crafted by the renowned manufacturer Bolliger & Mabillard, Fury 325 was a massive project that cost $30 million dollars to complete. This steel behemoth is 325 feet tall and opened in March 2015. Fury 325 spans an incredible distance of 6,602 feet and has a top speed of 95 mph. Although it is not the tallest roller coaster in America, Fury 325 is the tallest overall among roller coasters that use a traditional chain lift hill.
Fury 325 is a buzzing roller coaster that is themed after a hornet. Charlotte’s rebellious past as “a hornet’s nest of rebellion” during the American Revolution inspired the ride. The track of the Fury 325 roller coaster is a striking shade of teal that matches the Charlotte Hornets logo. However, Carowinds Park has never officially confirmed whether the NBA team had any influence on the color scheme.
|Length of track||6,602 feet|
|Top speed||95 mph|
|Duration||3 minutes and 25 seconds|
3. Superman: Escape from Krypton – Six Flags Magic Mountain (Valencia, California)
Not only is Superman: Escape from Krypton one of the biggest roller coasters in America, but it is also one of the most unique. Located in Valencia, California at Six Flags Magic Mountain, this steel shuttle roller coaster opened in 1997. At the time, it was the tallest roller coaster in the world, and tied with Tower of Terror II in Australia as the fastest roller coaster in the world.
Both of these insane roller coasters paved the way for an innovative technology called Linear Synchronous Motor (LSM), which allows the coasters vehicles to launch at a high speed using a series of magnets. This cutting-edge technology offers passengers a smooth and seamless ride that makes you feel like you’re flying like Superman!
But what makes Superman: Escape from Krypton really unique is its reverse free-fall design — yes, this roller coaster travels backward! The ride launched riders straight up a tower, into a backward-facing free fall, plummeting towards the earth at breakneck speed.
|Length of track||1,235 feet|
|Top speed||104 mph|
2. Top Thrill Dragster – Cedar Point (Sandusky, Ohio)
Nestled in Sandusky, Ohio, at Cedar Point, Top Thrill Dragster is one of the biggest roller coasters in America, a hydraulic steel roller coaster built by Intamin and designed by Werner Stengel. It opened its gates for the first time in 2003, earning its place as the tallest and fastest roller coaster in the world at the time. In addition, Top Thrill Dragster is also the first strata coaster ever (coasters that are at least 400 feet tall). Launching from 0 to 120 mph in just a few seconds, this gargantuan roller coaster takes riders up 420 feet into the sky!
The launch system of Top Thrill Dragster resembles a drag strip so that you feel like you’re at the starting line of a high-octane race. The coaster propels riders from 0 to 125 mph in just 3.8 seconds! In its heyday, this coaster was one of the most popular in the world. However, after a piece of the coaster fell onto a guest waiting in line in 2021, the park closed the ride and made plans for a new experience. A modified version of Top Thrill Dragster will open in 2024.
|Length of track||2,800 feet|
|Top speed||120 mph|
1. Kingda Ka – Six Flags (Jackson, New Jersey)
Now, the moment you’ve been waiting for — it’s time to look at the biggest roller coaster in America: the legendary Kingda Ka! Kingda Ka is one beast of a ride. Not only is it the biggest roller coaster in America, but as of 2023, it is also the tallest and fastest roller coaster in the entire world! Manufactured by Intamin in 2005 and designed by the renowned Werner Stengel, Kingda Ka is the second strata coaster ever built, towering at a mind-blowing height of 456 feet — that’s like standing on top of a 45-story building! In fact, it’s so incredibly tall that in May 2009, Kingda Ka was actually struck by lightning!
This incredible king of coasters has an impressive upside-down U-shaped track that towers 45 stories high, and blasts riders from 0 to 125 mph in a jaw-dropping 3.5 seconds. Once at the top, writers are taken on a 90° straight up climb, and then plunge down in a thrilling descent in a 270° spiral before topping off the ride with a 129-foot camel hump. Kingda Ka sits within, The Golden Kingdom, a lush and exotic jungle-themed section of the park. The thrilling roller coaster is inspired by the story of a fabled Bengal tiger, one that was said to have once roamed the nearby Temple of the Tiger attraction.
|Length of track||3,118 feet|
|Top speed||128 mph|
Summary of the 8 Biggest Roller Coasters in America
|1||Kingda Ka||456 feet||Six Flags||Jackson, New Jersey|
|2||Top Thrill Dragster||420 feet||Cedar Point||Sandusky, Ohio|
|3||Superman: Escape from Krypton||415 feet||Six Flags Magic Mountain||Valencia, California|
|4||Fury 325||325 feet||Carowinds||Charlotte, North Carolina|
|5||Millennium Force||310 feet||Cedar Point||Sandusky, Ohio|
|6||Intimidator 305||305 feet||Kings Dominion||Doswell, Virginia|
|7||Orion||287 feet||Kings Island||Mason, Ohio|
|8||Titan||245 feet||Six Flags Over Texas||Arlington, Texas|
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