JACKSON TOWNSHIP, NJ
With a peak of 456 feet, Kingda Ka is the world’s tallest roller coaster. That’s a ridiculous 45 stories up in the air, to which you’ll be taken to at a 90-degree angle before you come flying down in a 270-degree spiral. As per Six Flags, it’s also North America’s fastest roller coaster, hitting its top speed of 128 mph in just 3.5 seconds. With an acceleration speed faster than most cars on the market, Kingda Ka is definitely not for the faint of heart.
While you may not have heard of Kingda Ka, it has been around for a while. It first started operating on May 21, 2005, according to Worldwide Hydraulic Professionals (WHYPS). Additionally, it was designed by the Intamin company, which also designed the Top Thrill Dragster. Located at Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio, the Dragster formerly held the continent’s fastest coaster title. It can hit 120 mph in 4 seconds, but it is closed for the remainder of the season.