Top 10 Roller Coasters for Thrill Seekers

by Country Inns & Suites
Friday, August 23, 2013

Roller coaster

Amusement parks around the world are constantly competing for the title of the scariest, fastest, and tallest roller coaster. The results are a thrill seeker’s dream, with roller coasters across the country offering terrifying heights, dizzying rolls, and lightning-quick speeds. Here are 10 coasters that are sure to please any adrenaline junkie:

1. GateKeeper at Cedar Point (Sandusky, Ohio)

You have to give kudos to this amusement park for breaking seven world records with the 2013 debut of GateKeeper. The impressive new records include longest wing coaster, fastest non-launched wing coaster, tallest inversion, longest drop, most inversions, most roller coaster tracks in one park, and most rides at one park. Stay at the nearby Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Port Clinton, for a well-rounded vacation of adventure and relaxation.

2. Batman: The Ride at Six Flags Great America Illinois (Gurnee, Illinois)

You’re going to want to get in a great night of sleep at our Gurnee, Illinois, hotel before taking a wild ride on Batman: The Ride – the world’s first inverted, outside-looping coaster with a 360-degree vertical loop and zero-G roll.

3. Goliath at Six Flags Over Georgia (Austell, Georgia)

The Goliath at Six Flags Over Georgia will drop you from hills of more than 100 feet, not once but three times. When you aren’t plunging toward the earth, you’ll be traveling at speeds up to 70 mph over 4,500 feet of steel track. Don’t forget to book your stay at one of the several Country Inns & Suites By Carlson hotels in the Atlanta area. They’re the perfect place to kick back and relax after an adrenaline-packed day.

4. Screamin’ Eagle at Six Flags (St. Louis)

The Screamin’ Eagle’s three-quarter-mile wooden track once held the speed record at 62 mph. It’s a classic yet exhilarating ride that will surely make you scream. Once you’re tuckered out from all of the G forces at the park, rest your head at one of our convenient Country Inns & Suites By Carlson hotels in the St. Louis area.

5. Diamondback at Kings Island (Mason, Ohio)

If you’re looking for something with a little more speed, the Diamondback reaches 80 mph! Over the course of this three-minute thrill ride, passengers are plummeted from six drops and end their ride with a splash. Country Inn & Suites offers hotels both north and south of the park and looks forward to hosting you on your next vacation.

6. Full Throttle at Six Flags Magic Mountain (Valencia, California)

Go full throttle on this record-breaking coaster! When this ride opened at Six Flags Magic Mountain earlier in 2013, it broke the roller coaster world record for height and speed. This triple-launch coaster also features the first-ever “top hat” loop, where riders race over the top of the loop as well as under it. Start your day at Six Flags with a hot complimentary Be Our Guest Breakfast at one of our nearby hotels – but give yourself enough time for your stomach to settle before you hop on any fast rides!

7. Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit at Universal Studios (Orlando, Florida)

Orlando’s tallest roller coaster is truly one of a kind, with a groundbreaking combination of music and special effects. This ride also features six near-miss moments and the world’s first non-inverting loop. We have several hotels near Universal Studios that await your visit with freshly baked cookies.

8. Space Mountain at Disney World and Disneyland

Scare your senses silly with this famous thrill ride in the dark. Every visitor to either Disney World in Orlando, Florida, or Disneyland in Anaheim, California, has to ride Space Mountain at least once – or twice! Book your stay at one of our hotels in Orlando or near Anaheim, and enjoy the relaxing atmosphere after your thrilling days at either park.

9. Cheetah Hunt at Busch Gardens (Tampa, Florida)

Travel at the top speed of a cheetah – 60 miles per hour – on the longest and newest coaster at Busch Gardens. This triple-launch coaster takes riders high above the park, then nosedives toward the ground and through a rocky gorge. Relax by the pool after an exhausting day when you stay at one of our Tampa hotels.

10. Manta at Sea World (Orlando, Florida)

A unique coaster, Sea World’s Manta glides on a smooth track through the skies to give you the feeling of spinning and flying like a giant stingray. You’ll get your fill of adrenaline while speeding head-first and face-down in an inverted nosedive. Don’t forget to visit the Manta Aquarium after your adventure, and end your exciting and busy days at a comfortable Country Inns & Suites By Carlson hotel.

We hope you enjoy the thrills and chills of these top-notch coasters! You may also want to check out our Theme Park Survival Guide to ensure that you’re prepared for a day at your theme park of choice.

Which of these roller coasters have you tackled already? What monster coaster is next on your list to conquer?