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10 American Roller Coasters with the Biggest Drops

by Kimberly Krol Inlander

Oct 15, 2021

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Roller coaster enthusiasts already know America offers a number of exciting thrill rides, and the car rental experts at StressFreeCarRental.com created a map of the roller coasters with the biggest drops across the country to make it even easier to map out a journey of adrenaline.


American coasters reach heights as tall as 400 feet, speeds as fast as 128 mph and times as fast as 3.5 seconds. According to a StressFreeCarRental.com spokesperson, “Theme parks are a place of excitement for millions, with many thrill seekers looking for the biggest, best and most exciting coasters in the country. Our map showcases the amazing attractions across the country, with coasters that have the biggest drop often also being the fastest and most exciting rides available to theme park lovers.”


The top 10 American Roller Coasters with the Biggest Drops are:

  1. Kingda Ka, Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey: The titleholder for tallest coaster in the world, the thrill ride, with a 418-foot drop, is also the fastest in America, at 128 mph.
  2. Top Thrill Dragster, Cedar Point in Ohio: The steel accelerator coaster has a drop height of 400 feet and goes from zero to 120 mph in only 3.8 seconds.
  3. Superman: Escape from Krypton, Six Flags Magic Mountain in California: Here are the stats — 90-degree drop, 328.1 feet, zero to 100 mph in seven seconds and 1,315 feet of track.
  4. Fury 325, Carowinds in North Carolina: A four-time winner of “World’s Best Roller Coaster,” this ride features a 320-foot drop and reaches speeds of 95 mph while propelling riders above the park’s entrance.
  5. Millennium Force, Cedar Point in Ohio; Intimidator 205, Kings Dominion in Virginia; and Orion, Kings Island in Ohio: Three tie for fifth place, at heights of 300 feet. All feature high-speed twisting tracks.
  6. Goliath, Six Flags Magic Mountain in California; and Titan, Six Flags Over Texas in Texas: Six Flags ties itself at No. 6, with two coasters dropping 255 feet. Goliath drops riders into an underground tunnel, and Titan has two 580-degree spirals.
  7. Phantom’s Revenge, Kennywood in Pennsylvania: Uniquely engineered, this coaster’s second drop is longer than its first, at 228 feet.
  8. Desperado, Buffalo Bill’s Resort & Casino in Nevada: No need to visit a theme park for these thrills — a 225-foot drop at 60 degrees, reaching 80 mph.
  9. Superman the Ride, Six Flags New England in Massachusetts: Feel like a superhero with a 221-foot drop, 5,400 feet of track and speeds of 77 mph.
  10. Magnum XL-200, Cedar Point in Ohio: Another from Cedar Point rounds out the list, with a drop of 194.7 feet.


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