11 Fastest Roller Coasters in The U.S.

Even though it can occasionally be heart-pounding, people prefer to ride the fastest roller coasters, and Americans are no exception.

Nothing is more uniquely American than an exhilarating roller coaster ride. According to the list of the fastest roller coasters globally, the United States has some of the most incredible ones in the world. Here are 11 of the fastest roller coasters in the U.S.

11. Nitro (Six Flags Great Adventure)

Speed: 80 miles per hour
 Located: Jackson Township, New Jersey
Manufacturer: Bolliger & Mabillard
 Height: 260 feet
 Length: 5,394 feet

Nitro – Six Flags Great Adventurephoto source: tripsavvy.com

Nitro runs three easily loaded and promptly inspected open-air fiberglass trains. A 5394-foot-long track has only two colors: pink and yellow, with blue supports.

Additionally, it has the second-sharpest drop of 215 feet. This roller coaster’s speed and duration are 80 mph and 2.20 minutes, respectively.

On April 7, 2001, this hypercoaster model was opened to the general public.

Did You Know:

Nitro has continuously ranked high among steel coasters in Amusement Today’s annual Golden Ticket Awards since its debut, peaking in third place during its run.


10. The Xcelerator (Knott’s Berry Farm)

Speed: 82 miles per hour
 Located: Buena Park, California
Manufacturer: Intamin
 Height: 205 feet
 Length: 2,202 feet

The Xcelerator – Knott’s Berry Farmphoto source: agigc.com

The Xcelerator has undoubtedly become very popular worldwide due to its appearance in numerous television shows. With the help of its two hydraulic catapult motors, a train can cover 157 feet of track at 82 mph in 2.3 seconds.

Although this ride lasts one minute and two seconds, it is much more thrilling and dangerous than one might imagine.

Did You Know:

The trains are standard Intamin trains with specially crafted shells that resemble 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air convertibles. They also have spring-loaded wheel assemblies, and twenty people can fit on each train.


9. Goliath (Six Flags Magic Mountain)

Speed: 85 miles per hour
 Located: Valencia, California
Manufacturer: Bolliger & Mabillard
 Height: 235 feet
 Length: 4,500 feet

Goliath – Six Flags Magic Mountainphoto source: live.staticflickr.com

The Goliath hypercoaster has a 255-foot drop into an underground tunnel at 85 mph and a second 185-foot drop after that. You will experience a 4.5 G-force and a 3-minute ride, during which you will feel weightless.

Bolliger and Mabillard built it to have a top height of 200 feet and a top speed of 70 mph. It has two trains worth 4480 feet of steel track.

Additionally, it has a 540-degree helix and six camelback hills, which add to the ride’s beauty and are like the cherry on top.


8. Phantom’s Revenge (Kennywood)

Speed: 85 miles per hour
 Located: West Mifflin, Pennsylvania
Manufacturer: Arrow Dynamics, Renovated by D.H Morgan
 Height: 160 feet
 Length: 3,200 feet

Phantom’s Revenge – Kennywoodphoto source: live.staticflickr.com

The Phantom’s Revenge awaits visitors at Kennywood, America’s favorite traditional amusement park, in West Mifflin, Pennsylvania. It has a 232-foot drop and travels at 85 mph. The ride will take 1 minute and 45 seconds. Arrow Dynamics initially created it, and then D.H. Morgan Manufacturing renovated it.

This roller coaster stands out because the second drop is significantly longer than the first. In addition, due to its various elevation changes, it is regarded as a terrain roller coaster with two trains, each with seven cars.


7. Titan (Six Flags Over Texas)

Speed: 85 miles per hour
 Located: Arlington, Texas
Manufacturer: Giovanola
 Height: 245 feet
 Length: 5,312 feet

Titan – Six Flags Over Texasphoto source: coasterpedia.net

This hyper-twisted coaster named Titan will drop you 255 feet through two mind-bending 540-degree twisted spirals before continuing at 85 mph on the 5312-foot track through banked turns.

In most cases, the ride starts by making a slow U-turn away from the station before entering the final brake run to get back to the station.

These two processes are separated by 3.30 minutes. The Titan’s track configuration is largely identical to that of Goliath, and it runs three trains, each with five cars.


6. Intimidator 305 (Kings Dominion)

Speed: 90 miles per hour
 Located: Doswell, Virginia
Manufacturer: Intamin
 Height: 305 feet
 Length: 5,100 feet

Intimidator 305 – Kings Dominionphoto source: coasterpedia.net

Intimidator 305, which tops out at 90 mph and features a 300-foot drop at an 85-degree angle, has broken the 90 mph barrier. It’s located in Kings Dominion, Doswell, Virginia.

It is an Intamin-produced steel Giga coaster. It was interestingly themed after Dale Earnhardt, better known as the Intimidator, a NASCAR driver. Its lift hill structure is distinctive because just two main points support the lift hill and the crest.

Additionally, it is one of King Dominion’s tallest rides due to its height, which is higher than the observation deck of the park’s replica Eiffel Tower. This 3-minute ride will undoubtedly be breathtaking.

Did You Know:

Intimidator 305 was voted the “Best New Roller Coaster of 2010” at Amusement Today’s annual Golden Ticket Awards.


5. Millennium Force (Cedar Point Amusement Park)

Speed: 93 miles per hour
 Located: Sandusky, Ohio
Manufacturer: Intamin
 Height: 310 feet
 Length: 6,595 feet

Millennium Force – Cedar Point Amusement Parkphoto source: insidethemagic.net

Millennium Force, the first-ever giga-coaster, is a 300-foot, 93-mph monster that begins its ride by quickly getting up to its first hill with the help of an elevator cable lift system and then drops the riders down at an 83-degree angle. It is located in the same area as the top thrill dragster. The entire procedure takes 2 minutes.

This fast roller coaster features three stainless steel,stadium-style seating systems colored trains in yellow, red, and blue. This coaster’s station has two platforms and a steel tubular track that is 6595 feet long. Anyone can ride this roller coaster and have their life energized.

Did You Know:

Millennium Force ranked number 1 in 2011’s Top 50 Steel Roller Coasters of Amusement Today’s annual Golden Ticket Awards.


4. Fury 325 (Carowinds Amusement Park)

Speed: 95 miles per hour
 Located: Charlotte, North Carolina
Manufacturer: Bolliger & Mabillard
 Height: 325 feet
 Length: 6,602 feet

Fury 325 – Carowinds Amusement Parkphoto source: preview.redd.it

The ultramodern Fury 325 is one of the world’s tallest and fastest Giga coasters, located at Carowinds in Charlotte, North Carolina. This incredible roller-coaster towers over the Statue of Liberty.

The 6602-foot roller coaster is 325 feet tall and 325 feet long. The ride lasts 3 minutes and 25 seconds. The Fury 325 roller coaster, which has three open-air, steel, and fiberglass trains, is themed after a hornet and depicts riders chasing their target at 95mph.

Did You Know:

Fury 325 roller coaster can accommodate approximately 1,470 riders per hour. Also, this ride won Best New Ride 2015 and Best Overall Steel Coaster in GTA’s Top 50 annual publication.


3. Superman: Escape from Krypton (Six Flags Magic Mountain)

Speed: 100 miles per hour
 Located: Valencia, California
Manufacturer: Intamin
 Height: 415 feet
 Length: 1,235 feet

Superman: Escape from Krypton – Six Flags Magic Mountainphoto source: static.wikia.nocookie.net

Superman: Escape from Krypton has emerged as the third-tallest structure at Six Flags Magic Mountain. With a speed of 104mph, it is the third-fastest roller coaster in the United States and the fifth-fastest roller coaster in the world.

This roller coaster has two identical parallel tracks propelled by Linear Synchronous Motors. This vehicle climbs at a 90-degree angle for 415 feet, and the weightlessness the riders experience during this section will blow their minds.

After this 6.5-second vertical section, the vehicle drops and slows down before returning to the station.

Did You Know:

Superman: Escape from Krypton is the world’s third-longest drop at 328.1 feet. This refurbished roller coaster has an imprinted Superman “S” shield at the ride’s entrance, which is now painted onto the ground, and the lit green station is designed as Krypton, a planet full of Kryptonite rock.


2. Top Thrill Dragster (Cedar Point Amusement Park)

Speed: 120 miles per hour
 Located: Sandusky, Ohio
Manufacturer: Intamin
 Height: 420 feet
 Length: 2,800 feet

Top Thrill Dragster – Cedar Point Amusement Parkphoto source: tripsavvy.com

Top Thrill Dragster is located in Cedar Point, Sandusky, Ohio, and launches through a hydraulic system that will shoot you through the time-space continuum from a dead stop to 120 mph in 4 seconds, launching into the sky at 420 feet and twirling straight back down.

Did You Know:

The Top Thrill Dragster at Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio, is the world’s second-tallest roller coaster. The ride lasts only 17 seconds and has a top speed of 120 mph.


1. Kingda Ka (Six Flags Great Adventure)

Speed: 128 miles per hour
 Located: Jackson Township, New Jersey
Manufacturer: Intamin
 Height: 456 feet
 Length: 3,118 feet

Kingda Ka – Six Flags Great Adventurephoto source: tripsavvy.com

Kingda Ka is the fastest roller coaster in the United States, reaching a top speed of 128 miles per hour. A hydraulic launch system lifts the roller coaster, and the trains are color-coded in green, dark blue, orange, and teal for easy identification of seats and restraints.

At the termination of the launch track, four trains climb the main top hat tower, reaching 456 feet before dropping 418 feet and spanning a 3118-foot track by the end of the ride.

So, if you’re at least 54 inches tall (the minimum required height for a rider) and daring enough, you’ll be ready to hear the announcement “Arm down, Head back, Hold on” as the roller coaster takes off.

Did You Know:

Kingda Ka at Six Flags Great Adventure in the United States is also the world’s tallest roller coaster, standing at 456 feet.

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