To get on a plane headed to the USA, essentially, all you need is a return ticket, your passport, and an ESTA authorisation to your name.
On the other hand, to ride one of the many roller coasters that the US has to offer, you will also need a fair amount of courage… Comparatively, the plane journey seems like child’s play.
‘Amusement Today’ is a magazine that brings you all of the latest in the world of amusement, such as theme parks and water parks.
Each year, the magazine dishes out its Golden Ticket Awards, which highlights the best theme parks in the world, and, of course, the best roller coasters.
It comes as no surprise that, in 2014, 8 of the Top 10 steel roller coasters are found in the USA. The statistics are even better for wood roller coasters: 9 of the Top 10 are on American soil. So, for all of you adrenaline junkies, you now know where you to head to on your next trip to the USA.
But where to start… That’s easy:
Cedar Point in Ohio. This park boasts 18 roller coasters, including the world famous Millennium Force, with heights of over 90 metres, and consistently at the top of the Amusement Today list year after year.
Knoebels Amusement Resort in Pennsylvania. This is worth visiting for its 2 wooden roller coasters, including Phoenix, which was classed as the 4th best in the world this year.
Finally, Six Flags New England in Massachusetts has Bizarro to offer, a roller coaster of over 60 metres tall, and from which you can see the Connecticut River… although at over 70 mph it’s difficult to really appreciate it! Nevertheless, Bizarro has been in the Top 10 for years.
Take a look at the full list of 2014 award winners and discover the many attractions that are waiting for you in the USA! Make sure you don’t forget to take care of the administrative steps in all the excitement: your ESTA authorisation is obligatory for travelling to the USA as a tourist.
This little clip of looming drops and spirals will make you wonder what’s going through the heads of the geniuses behind these theme parks!
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