Battle for the Best Roller Coaster in America

Roller coasters promise a frightening trip full of death defying drops, twists and inversions -- but which ride is the best? Insane Coaster Wars invites thrill-seekers to settle the question once and for all.

Best Inverted Coasters
These coasters will put your body to the test, fighting gravity at every twist and turn. After a ride this extreme, you'll have to be peeled off of your seat.

Featured Coasters: Medusa at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo, CA; SheiKra at Busch Gardens in Tampa Bay, FL; Apollo’s Chariot at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, VA; Afterburn at Carowinds between North and South Carolina.


Hang'em High
Your feet hang in the open air on these action-packed coasters, giving you the incredible sensation of flying as you zoom through the sky at incredible speeds. You'll be thankful when your feet are back on the ground.

Featured Coasters: Manta at Sea World Orlando, FL; Montu at Busch Gardens in Tampa Bay, FL; Alpengeist at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, VA; and Aftershock at Silverwood just north of Coeur d'Alene, ID.

Splintering Speedsters
These wooden wonders are some of the most popular coasters in the country. With clattering bolts and creaking planks, you'll be relieved just knowing you survived the ride.

Featured Coasters: Thunderhead at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, TN; El Toro at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, NJ; The Beast at Kings Island in Mason, OH; The Voyage at Holiday World in Santa Claus, IN.

Wrong Way Up
Sky-high loops and plenty of inversions will send you on a breathtaking, head-over-heels escapade. These rides spend the most time upside down. By the end, you'll be questioning, “Which way is up?"

Featured Coasters: Kraken at Sea World Orlando, FL; Wild Eagle at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, TN; Hydra the Revenge at Dorney Park in Allentown, PA; Vortex at Kings Island in Mason, OH.


Extreme Heights
Lofty roller coasters reach to the sky, only to drop you hundreds of feet at mind-blowing speeds.

Featured Coasters: Kingda Ka at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson Township, NJ; Millennium Force at Cedar Point in Sandusky, OH; Diamondback at King's Island in Mason, OH; Intimidator at Carowinds in York, SC.


Speed Demons
Get ready to fly at the speed of fear. These are some of the quickest roller coasters on the planet, attaining speeds of up to 128 miles per hour.

Featured Coasters: Top Thrill Dragster at Cedar Point in Sandusky, OH; Desperado at Buffalo Bill's in Primm, NV; Xcelerator at Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park, CA; Bizarro at Six Flags New England.


Credit: Travel Channel

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