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Roller Coaster <strong>Tour</strong>

Roller Coaster Tour

Wisconsin - New Jersey

We’re all for scenic drives and quiet time, but this jaunt through the Midwest to the Southeast is all about the thrills. We’ve selected some of the States’ very best theme parks and chosen the one ride from each which is sure to keep you gripped to your seats. Whether you want to ride the wheels of steel or prefer a wooden coaster, this stateside road trip is sure to keep you flying high.

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Stop 1: Hades 360 @ Mount Olympus 1/13

Hades 360 @ Mount Olympus

Unlike many wooden coasters, Hades has a 360-degree roll which is sure to test even the hardiest of roller coaster fiends. Built in 2005, the Hades ride features a drop of 140 feet, and is one of the heart-stopping highlights of an already exciting theme park. It also boasts one of the longest underground tunnels in the world. (Image credit: Royalbroil)

1701 Wisconsin Dells Pkwy, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965

https://www.mtolympuspark.com/

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Stop 2: Shivering Timbers @ Michigan’s Adventure 2/13

Shivering Timbers @ Michigan’s Adventure

One of the ten longest wooden coasters in the world, Shivering Timbers is the featured attraction at Michigan’s Adventure and has shivered the timbers of adrenaline seekers since 1998. With a max speed of 65mph and a drop of 122 feet, this ride gives plenty of ‘airtime’ for those who enjoy the butterflies in their stomach.

1198 W Riley-Thompson Rd, Muskegon, MI 49445

https://www.miadventure.com/

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Stop 3: Millennium Force @ Cedar Point 3/13

Millennium Force @ Cedar Point

Aptly enough for its name, Millennium Force at the Cedar Point park was opened to the public in the year 2000. Such is its relative size and speed compared to other coasters, it was the first to be named a ‘giga coaster’ – as it exceeds a height of 300 feet. Its top speed approaches 100mph and it allows for stunning views of Lake Erie which runs parallel. (Image credit: Jeremy Thompson)

1 Cedar Point Dr, Sandusky, OH 44870

https://www.cedarpoint.com/

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Stop 4: Ravine Flyer II @ Waldameer Park 4/13

Ravine Flyer II @ Waldameer Park

Millennium Force isn’t the only roller coaster offering amazing views of the Great Lake – the Ravine Flyer II is another thrill ride with a scenic edge. Here you’ll ascend 120 feet in the air for a quick glimpse, before the ride takes you down and around its 3,000 feet of track. With multiple awards under its belt, Ravine Flyer II is an absolute smash. (Image credit: daveynin)

3100 W Lake Rd, Erie, PA 16505

http://waldameer.com/

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Stop 5: Phantom’s Revenge @ Kennywood 5/13

Phantom’s Revenge @ Kennywood

Unusually for a roller coaster, the Phantom has his revenge on the second drop of the ride, which is steeper than the first due to the hilly terrain on which the park was built. The ‘Revenge’ part of the name was given to the ride as it replaced the Steel Phantom, and due to the various improvements which would wreak havoc on many an innocent rider.

4800 Kennywood Blvd, West Mifflin, PA 15122

https://www.kennywood.com/

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Stop 6: Banshee @ Kings Island 6/13

Banshee @ Kings Island

With a track length in excess of 1,200 metres, the Banshee at Kings Island, Ohio, is the world’s longest inverted coaster. While most coasters reach their top speeds at the first drop, the unique lay of the land around Banshee is such that the speed maxes out at around the halfway point of the ride, for an additional thrill. (Image credit: Jeremy Thompson)

6300 Kings Island Dr, Mason, OH 45040

https://www.visitkingsisland.com/

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Stop 7: The Voyage @ Park Holiday World 7/13

The Voyage @ Park Holiday World

The fun begins before you even get on the ride, as the three floors of the station at The Voyage are made to resemble the different parts of an intrepid ship. With a Golden Ticket award given for five years running, and a total approaching 25 seconds of air time along its 6,400 feet of track, The Voyage is one of the Midwest’s very best.

452 E Christmas Blvd, Santa Claus, IN 47579

http://www.holidayworld.com/

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Stop 8: Thunderhead @ Dollywood 8/13

Thunderhead @ Dollywood

Named after the nearby mountain in Smoky Mountains National Park, Thunderhead has been dubbed one of the Golden Ticket Awards’ top five wooden coasters for all but one year since its construction. With more than 20 turns and over 30 crossovers, it’s also notable for its mid-ride fly back through the station, to give those waiting an extra dose of excitement. (Image credit: Coasterman1234)

2700 Dollywood Parks Blvd, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863

http://www.dollywood.com/

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Stop 9: Goliath @ Six Flags Over Georgia 9/13

Goliath @ Six Flags Over Georgia

As the thrill-seekers’ highlight of Six Flags Over Georgia, the Goliath ride hits 4 Gs of full force during its 4,480 feet. As the coaster swirls down the drain into a 540-degree helix, you’ll also get plenty of airtime before hitting a series of bunny hops designed to keep you on your toes. Goliath reaches 70mph during its run, ensuring a hair-raising ride throughout. (Image credit: Coasterman1234)

275 Riverside Parkway Southwest, Austell, GA 30168

https://www.sixflags.com/overgeorgia

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Stop 10: Fury 325 @ Carowinds 10/13

Fury 325 @ Carowinds

Carowinds’ main attraction is so intense, they put it in the name – with a drop of 325 feet at 81 degrees, this giga coaster is among the tallest and fastest in the world, reaching 95mph during its reign of terror. It’s taller than the Statue of Liberty and packs many twists and turns including a fast-paced horseshoe turn more than 150 feet in the air.

14523 Carowinds Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28273

https://www.carowinds.com/

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Stop 11: Apollo’s Chariot @ Busch Gardens 11/13

Apollo’s Chariot @ Busch Gardens

With a full 26 of its roughly 135 seconds out on the rails, Apollo’s Chariot will have you feeling the rush for approximately one-fifth of the entire ride while you coast over its eight airtime hills. As one of the most popular parks on our route, you’re advised to get there early if you want to experience the ride of Apollo – almost 5,000 feet of thrills and hills. (Image credit: Piotrus)

1 Busch Gardens Blvd, Williamsburg, VA 23185

https://seaworldparks.com/en/buschgardens-williamsburg/

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Stop 12: Intimidator 305 @ Kings Dominion 12/13

Intimidator 305 @ Kings Dominion

Opened in 2010, the park’s most popular coaster is named for NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt. The maximum height of Intimidator 305 is higher than the observation platform of the Eiffel Tower, making for a spectacular view as you ascend to the top, ready for a spectacular first drop of 300 feet and some incredible rushes of speed. (Image credit: daveynin)

16000 Theme Park Way, Doswell, VA 23047

https://www.kingsdominion.com/

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Stop 13: El Toro @ Six Flags 13/13

El Toro @ Six Flags

Imagine trying to tame El Toro - ‘The Bull’ truly lives up to its name, as the wooden coaster takes a series of sharp turns over the course of its 4,400 feet of track. Consistently voted among the Golden Ticket’s favourite wooden coasters, El Toro hits 70mph from the very first drop – and in terms of airtime, is hard to beat. (Image credit: Paulm27)

1 Six Flags Blvd, Jackson, NJ 08527

https://www.sixflags.com/greatadventure

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