World's Coolest Roller Coasters

Buckle up and let the fun begin! Roller-coaster reviewer and coaster enthusiast Robb Alvey reveals his favorite roller coasters around the world. Find out why you should ride them, too.

See more of Robb's favorite picks in Travel's Best Amusement and Water Parks 2015 and Crazy Roller Coasters.

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Diamonback rollercoaster at King's Island
Diamondback

Diamondback

Diamondback, a 5,282-foot long rollercoaster, sends its riders 235 feet into the air, with an adrenaline rushing 220-foot drop. Ride Diamondback at King’s Island in Mason, OH.

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Intimidator

Intimidator

The Intimidator is the tallest, longest and fastest roller coaster in the Southeastern United States. Intimidator sends its riders through the air at 75 miles per hour. Ride Intimidator at Carowinds in York, SC.

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Kingda Ka

Kingda Ka

Kingda Ka reaches a speed of up to 128 miles per hour in 3.5 seconds at its peak! At the end of the launch track, the train climbs the main top hat tower, reaching a height of 456 feet! Ride Kingda Ka at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson Township, NJ.

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Millennium Force

Millennium Force

It is the 2nd-longest roller coaster in North America after The Beast at Kings Island. The ride has a 300-foot drop! Ride Millennium Force at Cedar Point in Sandusky, OH.

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Bizarro

Bizarro

Situated in the back of the park, Bizarro cruises to a cool 77 miles per hour, riding in upwards of 208 feet in the air. Ride Bizarro at Six Flags New England.

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Top Thrill Dragster

Top Thrill Dragster

Top Thrill Dragster is a steel, accelerator roller coaster, over 400 feet tall. The Dragster is the second tallest roller coaster in the world, only behind Kingda Ka. Ride Top Thrill Dragster at Cedar Point in Sandusky, OH.

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Xcelerator

Xcelerator

After launch, Xcelerator crests to 205 feet in the air, and then soars to 82 miles per hour. Ride Xcelerator at Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park, CA.

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Desperado

Desperado

Desperado features a 60-degree, 225-foot drop, a 209-foot lift hill, and top speeds around 80 miles per hour. Ride Desperado at Buffalo Bill’s in Primm, NV.

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The Voyage

The Voyage

Get ready for some serious air-time. At 67 miles per the hour, The Voyage is the 2nd second fastest wooden coaster in the world. Ride The Voyage at Holiday World in Santa Claus, IN.

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El Toro

El Toro

El Toro is a giant at 188 feet tall, with a record- breaking 76- degree drop! 
Ride El Toro at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson Township, NJ.

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Thunderhead

Thunderhead

Named after a peak within the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Thunderhead speeds up to 55 miles per hour at 100 feet in the air. Ride Thunderhead at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, TN.

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Kraken

Kraken

This steel, floorless rollercoaster loops its riders up and around to 119 feet into the air! Ride Kraken at Sea World in Orlando, FL.

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Hydra the Revenge

Hydra the Revenge

Hydra the Revenge takes its passengers on a constant twisting and turning adrenaline rush, reaching speeds of 53 miles per hour. Ride Hydra the Revenge at Dorney Park in Allentown, PA.

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Vortex

Vortex

Vortex is the first rollercoaster with 6 inversions. It’s currently tied for fourth place for having the most inversions in the world! Ride Vortex at King’s Island in Mason, OH.

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Wild Eagle

Wild Eagle

The Wild Eagle is the first of its kind in the US, flying in to heights of 210 feet, with a 135- foot drop and reaching a max speed at of 61 miles per hour. Ride the Wild Eagle at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, TN.

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SheiKra

SheiKra

This floorless rollercoaster takes its riders 200 feet in the air for a 90-degree heart- pounding dive at 70 miles per hour. Enjoy loops, dives into dark tunnels and a finale with a splash!

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Medusa Serpent Roll

Medusa Serpent Roll

Medusa is 150 feet tall and boasts a 128-foot loop that's the largest in the world! Medusa was also one of the first floorless coasters in the world.

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Afterburn

Afterburn

Standing 114 feet tall, Afterburn jolts passengers through the air at 62 miles per hour.

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Apollo's Chariot

Apollo's Chariot

If you can imagine -- and can handle -- a drop of 210 feet, then Apollo's Chariot is your ticket to pure adrenaline.

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Montu

Montu

A rollercoaster with 2 and 3 loops is heart-racing enough. But can you imagine 7 hair- raising loops? Imagine and believe in Montu.

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Aftershock

Aftershock

Zipping and looping around at 65 miles per hour, Aftershock is a crowd-pleaser.

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Alpengeist

Alpengeist

Ascend 195 feet in the air, and descend 170 feet down but not before hearing, "Thank you and enjoy your avalanche of adventure on Alpengeist!"

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Manta

Manta

Manta is much more than your traditional coaster. Riders drop, nose first, and get up-close and personal with the local sea life. A sharp side turn skims the water’s surface, leaving riders wet and cool.

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