Fun fact: We once spent the night at Busch Gardens after a freak tropical storm trapped us weather-ignorant folks in the park for hours. Young children screamed and wept as lightning splintered the sky. And we’d still go back; that’s just how good it is. Among the notable coasters is the now classic double-looping Loch Ness Monster, which might have kick-started the country’s modern coaster craze; and the Tempesto, which derives its inspiration from the 1920s Italian daredevil—the coaster cars rev forward and backward once before ascending vertically into a series of insane corkscrew inversions while 154 feet in the air.
Must-ride: The brand-new InvadR is actually a throwback: a nine-hilled, Viking-themed woodie, the first wooden coaster in the park’s history.