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:

6. Euro Mir: Europa Park, Rust, Germany
Located in the Black Forest region, Europa Park was originally conceived as a showplace for prototype rides manufactured by Mack Rides, but it has grown into the most popular amusement park in Germany. Among its eclectic collection of coasters is Euro Mir, which is a coaster with cars that spin as the train goes through an indoor and outdoor course. One highlight: The spiral lift "hill" takes place in complete darkness to the accompaniment of European techno music. The elevated track runs between several mirrored towers before encountering a couple of swoop turns near ground level—all while cars spin. Not for the queasy.

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