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Ride of Steel at Darien Lake - Western New York (about 5.5 hours from NYC by car)
The roller coaster naming committee at Darien Lake calls a spade a spade with Ride of Steel, the tallest coaster in New York State. In fact, towering at 208 feet, it takes the title as being one of the tallest this side of the Mississippi. Oh, snap. Darien has even more going for it, including the new-for-2013 ride Blast Off, whose 185-foot upwards hurl stimulates a legit NASA space launch, plus close proximity to Niagara Falls so you can reenact Jim and Pam's wedding.