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11 Amusement Rides You Must Go On Before You Die

Thrill seekers: enter here. Amp up your next Vegas vacation by taking a spin on the world's highest observation wheel, the High Roller.

1. Go big on The Behemoth coaster at Canada's Wonderland.

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The Behemoth will take you from 0 to 77 mph in 3.9 seconds. If that's not enough for you, there are five air hills and two hammerhead turns to push your stomach into your throat. Bonus: The unobstructed V-shape cars make every row feel like the front row. Your bucket list just got one item longer.

2. Climb into the clouds on the Sky Cycle ride at the Washuzan Highland Amusement Park in Japan.

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Pedal your way to panoramic views of islands on the Seto Inland Sea in Kurashiki, Japan. Good exercise and incredible views? Sounds breathtaking.

3. Race your friends on the Fiorano GT coaster at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi.

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Have you ever wanted to drive a Ferrari F430 Spider? Now's your chance. While you might not be punching the pedals, you're definitely pulling maneuvers that aren't street legal. Get ready for high speeds and hairpin turns as you race the other car to the finish.

4. Walk your way around the Tiger and Turtle sculpture in Duisburg, Germany.

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The Tiger and Turtle is a walkable roller coaster sculpture forged out of 120 tons of galvanized steel. The entire walkway is 240 yards long from start to finish and offers beautiful views of the village of Wanheim-Angerhausen. Good luck getting over that loop!

5. Experience four dimensions on X2 at Six Flags Magic Mountain in California.

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Billed as the first 4D roller coaster in the world, the X2 seats pitch 360º forward from the chassis, so you swing head over heels with the g-forces of each twist and turn. If that weren't enough, it also has flamethrowers. Where does the line start?

6. Be brave and conquer the Intimidator 305 at Kings Dominion Park in Virginia.

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The Intimidator gets its name from a massive 305 -foot, 85º drop that accelerates you to more than 90 mph by the time you reach the earth. With 5,200 feet of remaining track that bends around gut-wrenching turns and shoots up and down hills at massive speed, the Intimidator 305 is, quite frankly, intimidating.

7. Swing for the horizon on the Royal Rush Skycoaster at Royal Gorge Park in Colorado.

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The sides of the Royal Gorge rise 1,050 feet above the Arkansas River. That's pretty darn high. Now imagine a pair of crane arms hoisting you 20 stories above that so you dangle out over the canyon. Then, with a sickening *chung* sound, you are released to swing hundreds and hundreds of feet above the river below. That'll get the blood pumping.

8. Feel the Gs on the Tower of Terror in Gold Reef City Theme Park in South Africa.

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Gold Reef is a 19th-century, goldmine-themed park in Johannesburg, South Africa. The Tower of Terror is their signature ride and bears the title of the highest g-forces on any amusement ride. The initial 150-foot drop produces a startling 6.3 Gs and descends 50 feet underground into a mineshaft. It's the closest you can get to a mining accident and live to tell the tale.

9. Smile away the fear on The Smiler at Alton Towers in England.

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The Smiler holds the world record for most inversions on a thrill ride — 14 inversions to be precise. That should be good for at least 14 smiles (and maybe a vom face or two).

10. Soar over the Sacred Valley on The Eye of the Jaguar Zipline in Peru.

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The Eye of the Jaguar holds the record for the world's longest zip line, stretching uninterrupted for 1.3 miles above the Sacred Valley North of Cusco, Peru. Riders reach speeds of nearly 70 mph before touching down on the verdant valley floor. We just hope the line for the ride is shorter than the line on the ride.

11. Experience maximum speed on Formula Rossa at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi.

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With a top speed of 149.1 mph, Formula Rossa is the fastest roller coaster in the world. Have you ever been required to wear safety goggles on a ride because of excessive speeds? Have you ever had air pressure force your skull back into the headrest? Did this description get your heart beating? Go forth and conquer, friend.

Raise the stakes on the High Roller at The LINQ, Las Vegas.


The 550-foot-tall wheel holds the Guinness World Record for the highest observation wheel on Earth. Enjoy panoramic views of Vegas from the comfort of an air-conditioned glass cabin. Trust us, you haven't seen the lights of Las Vegas until you've seen them from the stars.