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:



7. The Cyclone: Astroland Amusement Park, Brooklyn, New York
Easily the most famous roller coaster on the planet, the Cyclone (built in 1927) was originally one of three major wooden coasters in Coney Island. Known for its intense drops and strong force in the turns, this rickety, neck-snapping coaster is a mecca for coaster enthusiasts. Although there have been several attempts to replicate the Cyclone's track layout, or build even larger "Texas-sized" copies, the experience of the original has never been duplicated.

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