7 Must-Try Roller Coasters

A daring new ride, X Flight, debuts at Six Flags Great America this month. Here are seven other tracks that all speed junkies should try at least once.

May 11, 2012

Bringing new meaning to the phrase "off the rails," Six Flags Great America's new roller coaster, X Flight, opens to the public on May 16 with one very unusual feature: There is no track above or below you. Thrill seekers sit in pairs, suspended on either side of the track with feet dangling, soaring at speeds of 55 mph through 3,000 feet of drops and various inversions, including a barrel roll and 360-degree twists. Intrigued, we asked Dave Altman, the president of American Coaster Enthusiasts, to compile the ultimate roller-coaster bucket list, which loops and rolls all the way from Sweden to Brooklyn. Don't forget to pack your Dramamine.

Here's the X Flight simulation video, which will either persuade you to visit Chicago or swear off thrill rides forever:

2. Rutschebanen: Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen, Denmark
Located in the world-famous Rutschebanen amusement park, this scenic railway, built in the mid-1910s, meanders in and out of a man-made mountain. The brakes are mounted on each train rather than being attached to the tracks as they are in more modern coasters. A brakeman, who rides on a seat between the two cars of each train, applies the brakes as they approach curves. The cars ride on trucks similar to railroad cars, allowing them to lean precariously into curves at seemingly impossible speeds.

Slides 1-4 and 6-7 credit: Wikimedia Commons, Slide 5 credit: Flickr Commons
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