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

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

6. SheiKra at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

If terror is what you look for in a roller coaster, these are the best out there
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Tampa, Florida, is home to SheiKra, one of the world's largest steel dive coasters. The floorless coaster dangles riders at the top of a 200-foot drop before plummeting them down at a 90-degree angle. The heart-pounding wait before dropping gives you plenty of time to wish you were back on solid ground.

7. Diamondback at King's Island

If terror is what you look for in a roller coaster, these are the best out there
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Thanks to innovative stadium seating, every passenger on Diamondback at King's Island in Mason, Ohio, has a stunning view throughout the ride. With 10 drops and a thrilling splashdown finale, this is a coaster that leaves you breathless.

8. Millennium Force at Cedar Point

If terror is what you look for in a roller coaster, these are the best out there
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Millennium Force is a steel roller coaster that resides in Sandusky, Ohio. The creation of Millennium Force led to a whole new classification of roller coaster: the giga-coaster. With speeds of up to 93 miles per hour, this ride will definitely blow your hair back.

9. Manta at SeaWorld

If terror is what you look for in a roller coaster, these are the best out there
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Manta, built in 2009, features one of the most-innovative train styles on steel coasters today. Riders are angled at a prone position, mimicking the gliding stance of a manta ray in the ocean. Each dip and loop is taken face first, making Manta in Orlando one of the scariest rides to handle in the front row.

10. Nitro 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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Thanks to a simple lap-restraint system, Nitro at Six Flags Great Adventure offers one of the scariest plummeting experiences. At 230 feet, it's not a record-breaking coaster, but it's enough to send you right back to the beginning of the ride to take on the terrifying drop again.

11. Cannibal at Lagoon Amusement Park

We get butterflies in our stomach just thinking about the Cannibal's 116 degree vertical drop, so imagine what actually experiencing it can do. With a max height of 108 feet and speeds up to 70 miles per hour, this ride (located in Farmington, UT) will eat you alive from the inside out... hence the name.

12. Skyscraper at Skyplex Orlando

This new polercoaster isn't scheduled to open at Skyplex until 2019, but when it does, it will be the scariest roller coaster ever. It takes a bit of time to climb to the top before the big drop, and the anticipation just might kill you.

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