Scream Machines

by Alan Rider

Cedar Point's Blue Streak

Cedar Point's Blue Streak

It’s been said that, since life has its inevitable ups and downs, the best thing any of us can do is to sit back and enjoy the ride.  Which is precisely the point as far as roller coaster enthusiasts are concerned.

If you count yourself among them, you’ll want to check out this blog post from Kathika.com that lists 56 of the coolest coasters in the U.S., including everything from vintage wooden classics like Cedar Point’s Blue Streak (the first rollercoaster I ever rode—scared the heck out of me) to cutting-edge “giga-coasters” like Six Flags Great Adventure’s Kingda Ka that’s as tall as a 45-story building.  Along with interesting factoids about the attractions, they’ve also managed to collect some cool video clips that give you a feel for what it’s like to actually ride each of these scream machines.

If watching the experience from the comfort of your computer screen isn’t quite cutting it, you might want to look into one of these annual coaster tours that make it possible to hit as many as 16 amusement parks the course of one trip:

U.S./International Roller Coaster Tours

Teen-Oriented Roller Coaster Tours


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