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12 Roller Coasters in the United States That Will Scare Your Pants Off

Maria Mora is a freelance writer and single mom fueled by coffee, questionable time management skills, toaster oven waffles and the color orange. She lives in Florida with her two young sons. If you see her on Twitter, tell her to stop p...

If terror is what you look for in a roller coaster, these are the best out there

There are two kinds of people in this world: Those who hate roller coasters, and those who will ride the craziest of roller coasters all day long. And the scarier the ride, the better.

If you're one of those people who are down to ride the rails of a roller coaster until you puke, we've got the list for you. These rides — all in the United States — are intense enough to strike terror into the hearts of even the most seasoned amusement park aficionados.

1. The Voyage at Holiday World

If terror is what you look for in a roller coaster, these are the best out there

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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 terror is what you look for in a roller coaster, these are the best out there
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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.

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3. The Intimidator 305 at King's Dominion

If terror is what you look for in a roller coaster, these are the best out there
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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 terror is what you look for in a roller coaster, these are the best out there
Image: Jeremy Thompson/Flickr

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 terror is what you look for in a roller coaster, these are the best out there
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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.

Up next: 7 More scary roller coasters in the United States

Originally published January 2014. Updated February 2017.

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