Popular Mechanics magazine — the mag for people who like to read about how stuff works — has put together a list of the top 50 best roller coasters in America.
Hypothetically that's one roller coaster for every state, but not every state is as blessed as Ohio with the amount of theme/amusement parks we have, so for states without coasters, the magazine has named a "thrill ride."
They didn't really list the qualifications or guidelines to land on the list, but we aren't mad: Kings Island's The Beast has been named the best coaster in Ohio.
According to the magazine:
Easily the rollercoaster capital of North America, Ohio offers up enough top-flight coasters to fill out its own top-50 list. The best of the best includes Cedar Point’s Steel Vengeance and its 30 stories of height and Top Thrill Dragster with 420 feet of height and speeds of 120 miles per hour, but it can’t skip out on The Beast at Kings Island.
At 110 feet tall, the attraction comes with 7,400 feet of wooden track, the longest wooden coaster in the world. Two lift hills bring riders through the Ohio woods and riders say a night ride brings the craziest thrills with a two-tunnel double helix.
The Beast is also fortuitously celebrating its 40th anniversary this season.
Kings Island says The Beast not only boasts that 7,400 feet of track, but also a "ride time of four minutes, 10 seconds; vertical drops of 135 feet (at a 45-degree angle) and 141 feet (at an 18-degree angle); a 125-foot long underground tunnel at the bottom of the 135-foot drop; eight banked turns, some to 45 degrees; a massive, 540-degree helix tunnel near the end and speeds up to 64.77 miles per hour."
It's given more than 54 million rides and is still one of the most popular attractions in the park.
Kings Island is open daily and tickets start at $47.99.