Memorial Day, long considered the unofficial start of summer is both an important day to celebrate all who served.
Families throughout the U.S. also use the extended holiday as an opportunity to spend some quality time with their loved ones. And for some, there’s no better way to bond and ring in the summer than a trip to a favorite an amusement park. Of course, no amusement park trip would be complete without a thrilling roller coaster ride or five, or ten.
But, with so many roller coaster options across the nation to choose from, picking one can be just as daunting as working up the courage to strap in. Luckily theme park experts and roller coaster fans have determined which ones are top-tier rides, according to 10 Best.com – a travel review website under USA Today.
Here is a list of the top 10 roller coasters in the U.S. Some may be within a Memorial Day’s drive for you.
10. Outlaw Run at Silver Dollar City (Branson, Mo.)
Height: 107 feet
Track length: 2,937 feet
Speed: 68 mph
8. Phantom’s Revenge at Kennywood (West Mifflin, Pa.)
Height: 160 feet
Track length: 3,365 feet
Speed: 85 mph
6. Intimidator 305 at Kings Dominion & Soak City (Doswell, Va.)
Height: 305 feet
Track length: 5,100 feet
Speed: 90 mph
The Intimidator 305 is a race car-themed coaster that takes inspiration from late NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt, who was also known as “The Intimidator” back in his heyday. This steel ride includes a 300-foot drop at an 85-degree angle and “high-speed twists and turns,” according to Kings Dominion. The thrilling coaster travels down 5,100 feet of track at 90-milies-per-hour for a duration of three minutes.
5. Fury 325 at Carowinds (Charlotte, N.C.)
Height: 325 feet
Track length: 6,602 feet
Speed: 95 mph
4. The Voyage at Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari (Santa Claus, Ind.)
Height: 173 feet
Track length: 6,442 feet
Speed: 67 mph
2. Mako at SeaWorld Orlando (Orlando, Fla.)
Height: 200 feet
Track length: 4,760 feet
Speed: 73 mph
While roller coaster critics have narrowed down a list of the best roller coasters, theme park experts at the attractions industry resource Blooloop say three highly-anticipated rides will be opening in 2021, including the Universal Orlando VelociCoaster at the Islands of Adventure, the Kings Dominion S&S 4D Free Spin and the Adventureland Dragon Slayer.
Memorial Day Weekend: Top 10 roller coasters in United States Wire Services/ Fox News.