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I know we've had a lot of "best coasters" threads (best wood and steel coasters, best coaster by each manufacturer, best coaster in each park chain) but I don't think anyone has ever done a thread breaking down your favorite coasters by U.S. state (I've searched the forums but please correct me if I'm wrong).


I think it would be fun if we listed the states we've ridden coasters in, and what our favorite coaster is in each state since it's the off-season for most of us and we're bored. Some of these states (like New Jersey) will probably be the same answer from everyone but I'm looking forward to see the results for states like Pennsylvania (which will probably turn into Skyrush vs Phoenix) and Ohio which should be very close.


Edit: If you want to get technical, here is a friendly cheat sheet for Carowinds since this will come up a lot. Basically everything good is in South Carolina.

Intimidator - South Carolina

Afterburn - South Carolina

Nighthawk - Both, but 99% South Carolina

Carolina Cobra - Both, but 99% North Carolina

Vortex - North Carolina

Carolina Cyclone - North Carolina

Hurler - North Carolina

Thunder Road - Both

Carolina Goldrusher - Both

Ricochet - North Carolina

All Kids Coasters - South Carolina


Here's my list


California - Tatsu

Connecticut - Boulder Dash

Delaware - Blue Diamond Streak (Now Relocated)

Florida - Kumba

Maryland - Superman Ride of Steel

Massachusetts - Goliath (yeah I know... sorry but Bizarro is a shadow of it's former self)

New Hampshire - Untamed

New Jersey - El Toro

New York - Comet

North Carolina - Carolina Cobra (wow, that's sad)

Ohio - Millennium Force

Pennsylavnia - Phoenix

South Carolina - Afterburn

Tennessee - Mystery Mine (I love Thunderhead and Tennessee Tornado too but for some reason I love this ride)

Virginia - Intimidator 305

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Arkansas - X - Coaster

California - Gold Striker

Colorado - Halfpipe

Connecticut - Boulder Dash

Florida - Montu

Georgia - Goliath

Illinois - Raging Bull

Indiana - Voyage

Massachusetts - Bizarro

Missouri - Outlaw Run

New Jersey - Nitro

North Carolina - Vortex

Ohio - Raptor

Pennsylvania - Phantom's Revenge

South Carolina - Afterburn

Tennessee - Thunderhead

Texas - The New Texas Giant

Virginia - Intimidator 305

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Virginia: Intimidator 305

New Jersey: El Toro

Pennsylvania: Fahrenheit (Skyrush was good, but I slightly prefer Fahrenheit)

Maryland: Superman: Ride of Steel

Tennessee: Tennessee Tornado

New York: Coney Island Cyclone

Florida: Dragon Challenge

California: Big Thunder Mountain Railroad (didn't visit SFMM or any other park other than disney )

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Here's my list. As you can see I have travelled a lot !

Ohio - Maverick

Illinois - Viper

New York - Comet (Great Escape)

New Jersey - El Toro

Florida - Expedition Everest

Massachusetts - Bizarro

Maine - Galaxy (@ Old Orchard Palace Playland)


As I have so few, I'll cheat and also include Canada :

Québec - Goliath

Ontario - Behemoth

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California - Goliath (SFMM)

Florida - Rockin' Roller Coaster (Hollywood Studios)

Georgia - Mind Bender (SFOG) p.s. Couldn't ride goliath...

Indiana - The Voyage (Holiday World)

Kentucky - Kentucky Rumbler (Beach Bend)

Maryland - Superman : Ride of Steel (SFA)

Michigan - Shivering Timbers (MIchigan's Adventure)

Minnesota - Wild Thing (ValleyFair)

New Jersey - Kingda Ka (SFGAdv)

Ohio - Millennium Force (Cedar Point)

Pennsylvania - Skyrush (Hershey Park)

Tennessee - Thunderhead (Dollywood)

Virginia - Intimidator 305 (Kings Dominion)

Wisconsin - Hades 360 (Mt. Olympus) p.s. I really dont think this coaster is that great, but its the best one there. Hellcat was closed the entire time we were there

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Arizona: Desert Storm

California : X2

Colorado: Wild Chipmunk

Connecticut: Boulderdash

Florida: Kumba

Illinois: Viper

Indiana: Voyage

Iowa: Outlaw

Maine: Excalibur

Massachusetts: Bizarro

Michigan: Shivering Timbers

Minnesota: Renegade

Missouri: Outlaw Run

Nevada: Desperado

New Hampshire: Untamed

New Jersey: El Toro

New York: Comet (Great Escape)

Ohio: Maverick

Oklahoma: Silver Bullet (Frontier City)

Pennsylvania: Phoinex

Texas: Iron Rattler

Utah: Wicked

Wisconsin: Hellcat

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Most states aren't worth mentioning in my opinion, so if your state only has crappy coasters I'm not listing it.


Alabama: Rampage (even not running it's the best thing in the state)

Arkansas: X-Coaster

California : Riddler's Revenge

Carolinas: Afterburn

Connecticut: Boulderdash

Florida: Kumba

Georgia: Dare Devil Dive

Idaho: Timber Terror

Illinois: Batman: The Ride

Indiana: Cornball Express

Kentucky: Kentucky Rumbler

Maryland: S:ROS

Massachusetts: Bizarro

Michigan: Shivering Timbers

Missouri: American Thunder, since I haven't ridden Outlaw Run

New Jersey: El Toro

New York: Silver Comet

Ohio: Maverick

Pennsylvania: Phoenix

Tennessee: Thunderhead

Texas: Iron Shark, since I haven't ridden the RMCs

Virginia - I305

Wisconsin: Hellcat

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Florida - Kraken (SeaWorld Orlando)

Illinois - X-Flight (Six Flags Great America)

Missouri - Thunderation (Silver Dollar City) (When I was little.)

Minnesota - Renegade (Valleyfair)

California - California Screamin' (Disney California Adventure) (Didn't go to SFMM or KBF.)


Yeah, it's kind of small, but I'm expecting it to increase this year.

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Kentucky: Beech Bend

You mean Kentucky Rumbler, right? Because I doubt you're talking about Dragon Wagon or the Zamperla spinning mouse.


My fanciful list:


Florida: Fire Dragon

Georgia: Mindbender

Illinois: Batman / namtaB (whatever it's called)

Indiana: Voyage

Kentucky: Dat Rumbler

Missouri: Wildfire

Tennessee: Thunderhead


Hopefully this year I'll explore parks and credits in other states.

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Missouri - Mr Freeze

Florida - Cheetah Hunt

South Carolina - Afterburn

North Carolina - Vortex

Virginia - Intimidator 305

Maryland - Superman

Washington - Windstorm, when Fun Forest was open

Pennsylvania - Storm Runner

Massachusetts - Bizarro

New Jersey - El Toro

Ohio - Maverick



Indiana - Voyage

West Virginia - Big Dipper

Kentucky - Lightning Run

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Obviously this list is just rides I've ridden:


Arkansas- X Coaster

California- Tatsu (Full Throttle, Xcelerator: honorable mention)

Connecticut- Boulder Dash

Florida- Montu (Kumba: honorable mention)

Georgia- Mindbender (DDD, Goliath : honorable mention)

Illinois- Whizzer?, Goliath to be the answer by next year.

Indiana- Raven, Cant wait for indiana beach this year.

Kentucky- Kentucky Rumbler

Maryland- Joker's Jinx

Massachusetts- Bizarro

Missouri- Outlaw Run (Powder Keg: honorable mention)

New Hampshire- Untamed

New Jersey- El Toro

New York- Ride of Steel(could be the cyclone with all that work by next year)

North Carolina- Thunder Road(if we can choose for this)

Ohio- Maverick(MF: honorable mention, hopefully banshee can compete)

Pennsylvania- Phoenix, skyrush(don't make me choose, Phantom's Revenge gets bronze)

South Carolina- Afterburn

Tennessee-Thunderhead(hard decision, pick any dollywood ride)

Texas- Boardwalk Bullet/Superman Krypton Koaster/ Titan (iron rattler, texas giant, and shockwave still tbr, and 1 will be the winner)

Virginia- i305

Wisconsin- Cyclops(almost chose meteor at little americka)


Ontaio- Behemoth

Quebec- Vampire(why do they have an slc too?)

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I only have about 7 coaster states but this seems fun so I'll give it a whirl:


New Jersey- El Toro (shocker I know)

Pennsylvania- Skyrush

Ohio- Maverick

Florida- Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit

Connecticut- Boulder Dash

Georgia- Great American Scream Machine

New York- Alpine Bobsled (Great Escape), only have about 3 credits in this state from when I was little

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Pennsylvania - Skyrush

Ohio - Maverick

Tennessee - Thunderhead/Mystery Mine (can't make my mind up)

Virginia - I305

Indiana - Voyage

South Carolina - Hurricane

North Carolina - Afterburn

Florida - Space Mountain

California - Space Mountain

Colorado - Mind Eraser


This will be added to/changed this summer!

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