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12 roller coasters in the United States that will scare your pants off

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If your looking for a roller coaster of love, don't hop aboard these rides of terror

There's something about an amusement park that makes you feel like a kid again. Maybe it's the cotton candy, the excitement that fills the air, or that very special brand of nauseous you feel while waiting in line for the park's scariest ride.

Why is it that we're so willing to bring ourselves to the brink of vomiting, all in the name of a thrill? There's no solid answer for that, but roller coasters are awesomely fun — and we're not quittin' them. Even the ones that leave us greener in the gills than Phil Dunphy with the flu at Disneyland.

If your looking for a roller coaster of love, don't hop aboard these rides of terror
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Introduce the next generation to a whole new world of terror on the scariest rides in the United States — just don't forget your sickness bag.

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1. The Voyage at Holiday World

If your looking for a roller coaster of love, don't hop aboard these rides of terror

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In Santa Claus, Indiana, Holiday World is home to some seriously quirky rides. Family owned and operated, the park's themed areas celebrate four major holidays, including Thanksgiving. The Voyage is a relatively new wooden coaster with a surprising theme — the voyage of the pilgrims. Pilgrims aside, it's a major thrill thanks to record-breaking air time that leaves you grabbing your safety restraints in terror.

2. Kingda Ka at Six Flags Great Adventure

If your looking for a roller coaster of love, don't hop aboard these rides of terror
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Jackson, New Jersey, is home to the world's tallest roller coaster. Ride trains are launched using a breathtaking hydraulic launch system to a mind-boggling height of 456 feet before plummeting back to the ground. You'll want a souvenir photo after you take this tiger on.

3. The Intimidator 305 at King's Dominion

If your looking for a roller coaster of love, don't hop aboard these rides of terror
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Themed after NASCAR champion Dale Earnhardt, The Intimidator 305 is a steel coaster with a toe-curling drop of 300 feet. One of only a handful of U.S. coasters reaching such heights, it draws thousands of coaster enthusiasts to King's Dominion in Doswell, Virginia.

4. Top Thrill Dragster at Cedar Point

If your looking for a roller coaster of love, don't hop aboard these rides of terror
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When it comes to coasters, there's no better destination than Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio. This thrilling park is home to several record-breaking coasters, including Top Thrill Dragster, which reaches speeds of up to 120 mph. Though Kingda Ka surpassed it in height, the Dragster is still one of the most-terrifying rides in the United States.

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5. El Toro at Six Flags Great Adventure

If your looking for a roller coaster of love, don't hop aboard these rides of terror
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Though nearby Kingda Ka towers over it, El Toro provides its own charm and thrills. Built in 2006, El Toro is a record-breaking wooden coaster with a massive drop that will have you screaming before you're halfway down. As a newer wooden coaster, it's a smoother ride than what you'll experience on vintage coasters.

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