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America's longtime love of roller coasters: A visual history
Memorial Day weekend marks the beginning of the summer season, when thrill-seekers go for gravity-defying amusement park joyrides
 
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Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer, which means many Americans will be lining up for the ultimate summer thrill ride: The roller coaster. Daredevils have spent more than a century chasing the adrenaline rush that comes from defying physics — if only briefly — while zipping around the track. Here, a look at history's most popular roller coasters, from classic wooden rides to new thrills opening this summer:

 

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