Cyclone Roller Coaster, Coney Island, New York City

No. 2: The Cyclone -- Coney Island

The Cyclone at Coney Island is a National Historic Landmark, a New York City Landmark, and a sentimental favorite.

Built in 1927, the Cyclone has at times been shut down, condemned, and almost destroyed, but supporters kept it alive.

It was completely refurbished in the 1970s, and since then, millions of dollars have been invested in maintenance to keep it in top shape.

Riders enjoy the sharp drops and tight turns. The ride lasts for 1 minute and 50 seconds and reaches a maximum speed of 60 mph. The first drop is 85 feet, at a 60 degree angle. The 2,640-foot long track goes through six 180-degree turns and changes direction 16 times.

The world record for number of hours riding the Cyclone was set in 1977, when 19-year-old Richard Rodriguez rode it for 104 hours straight.

But you won't have to ride this old classic that long for it to become your new favorite.