Regional Roller Coaster Trip II – Mid-Eastern States

      This second of the series begins in the vicinity of Washington, DC, actually in the suburb of Largo, MD, where roller coaster aficionados will find Six Flags America with its eight (8) roller coasters (Batwing, Joker’s Jinx, Wild One, etc). Largo is just east of the Beltway (Exit 15A).
      From here, take Interstate 95 (the Beltway) North to Interstate 695 (the ring road around Baltimore), to Interstate 83 North toward Harrisburg, PA, then take Interstate 76 (Pennsylvania Turnpike) East to Hershey, PA, to visit Hersheypark with its ten (10) roller coasters (Storm Runner, Great Bear, Wildcat, etc), a distance of approximately 85 miles.
      From Hershey, take I-76 (Pennsylvania Turnpike) West, then Interstate 99 North to Altoona, PA, about 145 miles, to see Lakemont Park, which has been voted, by some, one of the top amusement parks in the country.
      After Altoona, retrace route back down I-99 to I-76 West into Ohio, then take Interstate 80 West past Cleveland, then cut over to Rte 2 West to Sandusky, Ohio, to visit world-famous Cedar Point (it opened in 1870). This leg of the trip is approximately 310 miles long. Cedar Point has sixteen (16) roller coasters (Millenium Force, Top Thrill Dragster, Raptor, Magnum XL 200, etc).
      Next, return to Rte 2 West to Rte 6 West to I-80 West to Toledo, then South on Interstate 75 to Kings Mills, OH, a suburb of Cincinnati, to check out Paramount’s Kings Island (the park is actually at Exits 24 & 25 off Interstate 71 which connects Cincinnati with Columbus, OH). Here visitors will find twelve roller coasters (Son of Beast, The Beast, Tomb Rider, etc). This last leg covers a distance of approximately 255 miles.
      Finally, travel Southwest from Cincinnati along Interstate 71 to Louisville, KY, a distance of about 100 miles. Here you will find Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom, another of this company’s mega-amusement parks, with its share of roller coasters. Some examples are Breakdance, T2, Chang, and Thunder Run.
      The total regional road trip involves about 900 miles of driving. Have fun!


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