Nothing says summer like a trip to the amusement park and a ride on a roller coaster.
The loops, turns and drops are enough to make even the bravest of us scream. We scoured America to find some of the best and most classic coasters around and even took a ride on a few ourselves!
What we found is that summer 2014 has some new rides to offer, including the tallest drop ride in the world.
Click through to take a ride on some of the tallest, fastest and longest coasters in America. Warning: You may want to watch on an empty stomach.
Luna Park in the Coney Island section of Brooklyn, N.Y. introduced the Thunderbolt this summer. The park's latest edition sits in the same spot as the original wooden Thunderbolt coaster, which operated from the 1920s through the '80s.
The new coaster, made of steel, reaches speeds of 55 miles per hour and stands at 115 feet tall with 2,233 feet of track. The 2-minute ride begins with a 90-degree vertical drop, followed by a 100 foot vertical loop, a 80-foot zero-G roll and a 112-degree over-banked turn -- all with the ocean as a backdrop.
"That 90-degree drop is an amazing, amazing sensation," Nicole Purmal, Luna Park's marketing manager, told CBS News.
While not the fastest coaster in town, the Thunderbolt is worth a ride if for nothing else -- than for its classic surroundings. "I think the best reason to ride a ride at Coney Island is that you're at the historic birthplace of amusements," added Purmal.
We gave this coaster a whirl during a recent visit to Luna Park -- and yes, we screamed (just a little)!
Take a look at our adventure in the video and continue to click to see more coasters.