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Number 10: Tie: Ride of Steel and Superman: Ride of Steel
There are a ton of steel roller coasters. They are, by far, the most popular type of thrill machine. Although within the category, there are all kinds of sub-genres such as inverted coasters, launched coasters, and hypercoasters. But only a few -- well OK, 10 -- can make this list of the best steel coasters.
Speaking of hypercoasters, let's start with number 10, which is a tie between the essentially similar Ride of Steel at Darien Lake in Darien, NY and Superman: Ride of Steel at Six Flags America in Mitchellville, MD. They are known as hypercoasters for breaking the 200-foot height level, and they both deliver the goods in speed, acceleration, and airtime.
Up next: Montu at Busch Gardens TampaContinue to 2 of 10 below.
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Number 9: Montu at Busch Gardens Tampa
Tampa Bay, FL
One of the world's best inverted coasters, Montu takes its riders careening on a wild journey in a train that hangs below the track. It's an incredible sight when Montu sends a trainload of dangling legs literally head over heels through one of its many inversions. It's even more incredible to experience the G-forces of Montu's inversions and other elements.
- Montu and More- Photo gallery of Busch Gardens Tampa.
Up next: Maverick at Cedar PointContinue to 3 of 10 below.
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Number 8: Maverick at Cedar Point
With many of its sister rides towering over it at the coaster-crazy park, Maverick is proof that bigger is not necessarily better. Great things can come in relatively small packages. And with its twin launches, super-smooth ride, and wild layout, Maverick is a great thing. Read my Maverick coaster review.
- Maverick Photo Gallery
- Top Thrill Dragster- Review of the rocket coaster at Cedar Point.
- Magnum XL-200- Review of the original hypercoaster at Cedar Point.
Up next: X2 at Six Flags Magic MountainContinue to 4 of 10 below.
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Number 7: X2 at Six Flags Magic Mountain
An utterly unique coaster, X2 is the world's first "4th dimension" thrill machine. Its seats are on the left and right wings of the train, and they spin (in the 4th dimension) independent of the train as it travels the track. With a nearly vertical 215-foot drop and speeds reaching 76 mph, it is intimidating and totally disorienting. What a rush!
- My five-star review of Twisted Colossus
- Review of Goliath at Six Flags Magic Mountainhttp://themeparks.about.com/od/coasterandridereviews/fr/GoliathCoaster.htm
Up next: The Incredible Hulk at Islands of AdventureContinue to 5 of 10 below.
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Number 6: The Incredible Hulk at Islands of Adventure
At Universal Orlando in Orlando, FL
It dominates the front section of the park with its outrageous green track, its crazy-looking launch tube, and its trainloads of cars doing precarious flips in the air as they emerge from the tube. Hulk is as wild to watch as it is to ride.
- The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man- Review of the Islands of Adventure attraction.
Up next: Nitro at Six Flags Great AdventureContinue to 6 of 10 below.
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Number 5: Nitro at Six Flags Great Adventure
Another hypercoaster from the ride wizards at Bolliger & Mabillard (also known as B&M), Nitro is silky smooth and offers a wonderful combination of extreme height, speed, and airtime. It is among some wonderful rides at Great Adventure, including another acclaimed thrill machine (although the one is wooden), El Toro. Read my Nitro coaster review.
- Nitro and other Six Flags Great Adventure Rides Photo Gallery
- Kingda Ka- Review of the rocket coaster at Six Flags Great Adventure
Up next: Sheikra and Griffon at Busch Gardens ParksContinue to 7 of 10 below.
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Number 4 (tie): Sheikra and Griffon at Busch Gardens Parks
The continent's first diving coasters take riders to the edge in precariously open trains, taunts them for a few moments, then drops them 200 feet straight down. They are similar to one another. Read my Sheikra coaster review and Griffon coaster review.
- SheiKra and Busch Gardens Tampa Photo Gallery
- Curse of DarKastle- Review of the motion-simulator dark ride at Busch Gardens Williamsburg
Up next: Diamondback at Kings IslandContinue to 8 of 10 below.
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Number 3: Diamondback at Kings Island
Among the things I love about coasters is airtime, preferably the "floater" air that Diamondback delivers in massive doses. This is an airtime machine. Read my Diamondback coaster review.
- The Beast- Coaster review of the famed Kings Island wooden coaster
Up next: Apollo's Chariot at Busch Gardens WilliamsburgContinue to 9 of 10 below.
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Number 2: Apollo's Chariot at Busch Gardens Williamsburg
It's hard to believe that a coaster with such monstrous stats -- 210 foot drop, 73 mph -- could be so incredibly smooth. Believe it.
Up next: Superman the Ride at Six Flags New EnglandContinue to 10 of 10 below.
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Number 1: Superman the Ride at Six Flags New England
A near-perfect blend of thrills, coaster elements, pacing, location in the park, and other features pushes this Superman-themed coaster up (up and away!) to the top of the list. Read my Superman the Ride Coaster Review.
- Bizarro and Six Flags New England Photo Gallery
- Batman- The Dark Knight- Review of the floorless coaster at Six Flags New England.
Other Top Coasters
Now you know which steel coasters make the best-of list. Are you ready for more?