This is a map of the United States, where each state depicts its tallest roller coaster ride that remains operational to this day.
The tallest roller coaster in the U.S. is the Kingda Ka in the state of New Jersey, with a height of 456 feet (139 meters). It is also the fastest in the country, with a top speed of 128 miles per hour (206 kilometers per hour). California and Ohio are the only other states to have over 400 ft high coasters.
The tallest roller coasters of both North Carolina and Virginia are in the 300 ft range. Interestingly, the one in North Carolina is located in a theme park called Carowinds, part of which also encompasses the bordering South Dakota.
12 states have roller coasters standing at 200 ft tall or higher, 13 have those that are at least 101 ft high, and 14 possess rides with a height of 100 meters or less. Omitting rides that measure 0 ft, the shortest among the rides listed is Vermont’s Jett Star, at only 9 ft (2.7 m) high.
Meanwhile, no roller coasters exist in Montana and Wyoming. In addition, there aren’t any roller coasters as well in Alaska, Hawaii, and the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico.
Check these books out and enjoy the thrilling ride:
- The Amusement Park: 900 Years of Thrills and Spills, and the Dreamers and Schemers Who Built Them
- Coasters 101: An Engineer’s Guide to Roller Coaster Design
- The 50 Most Unique Roller Coasters Ever Built
- American Coasters: A Thrilling Photographic Ride
- Roller Coasters: From Concept to Consumer
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