The Best Amusement Parks in the United States

best amusement parks in the united states

There’s nothing like the roar of a rollercoaster as it takes you high speed through narrow passes and some of the highest peaks in the country.

Some of best amusement parks to visit are in the United States, and some of the top parks in the U.S. will probably sound familiar: Six Flags Magic Mountain, Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm, Universal Studios…

But there are loads of other American theme parks to check out, depending on your tastes and whether or not you are planning on visiting these places with your family. But remember, to visit any of the best American theme parks, you’ll absolutely need a tourist visa for the U.S. before you hop on that plane looking for more thrills.  

Amusement parks in the U.S.

Some of the best amusement parks are located in the United States. Whether you’re into getting that adrenaline rush and feeling your heart race or if you’re looking for parks to visit with a child on a visitor visa, chances are you’ll find just the theme park you’re looking for.

Perhaps the most famous (and one of the oldest) are the Disney family theme parks. Disneyland – built in 1955 and located in Anaheim, California – is perhaps the best known around the world and the park that has inspired other duplicates around the world, including EuroDisney and Disneyworld. These parks have become so famous because they offer something for every member of the family, from scary rides to more mellow interactions with cartoon characters.

Another great option that’s also located in California is Six Flags Magic Mountain. While this amusement park also has activities for the entire family, it’s easy to see why it’s a favorite among adults too. It has more than 2 dozen rollercoasters and more than 3 million visitors a  year, and the rides you’ll find there are sure to give you some of the greatest thrills. This includes Viper, that reaches speeds of up to 110 km/hr.

But remember that you will need an ESTA for Disneyland or to visit any other American theme park.

Traveling with a family

Chances are that most travelers looking to spend some time at an amusement park might be headed there with children. Thankfully, traveling as a family has become easier because of some changes to USCIS policies to help you save time and energy.

Because everyone traveling to the U.S. needs an approved ESTA travel authorization, remember that you must submit an ESTA for children application prior to making your travel plans. If, however, you are traveling with multiple children, you can fill out a single application instead of needing one for every individual child. After you’ve prepared the relevant documentation, fill out the ESTA Family Application.

Make sure to have everything in order when you arrive in the United States. That way, the next line you’ll have to stand in will be to get on your favorite ride at your favorite amusement park!