It’s no coincidence that many of America’s great train terminals resemble temples; they pay solemn tribute to Americans’ almost spiritual devotion to conquering space and time through high-speed travel. And while most travelers these days probably time their arrival at the station as close as possible to “all aboard,” lots of terminals—from AMTRAK centers to local depots—will reward you for showing up a little early…or, perhaps, for missing your train.
Americans have been hurled, spun, twisted, and bounced by amusement park rides since the mid-1800s—and in some rare cases, the oldest of those parks still feature rides that have been terrifying people for over a century. Here are the oldest rides at 10 of the country’s oldest amusement parks—plus one attraction that’s been terrorizing riders on a New York beach since 1920. So fasten your seat belts (if there are any), keep your hands and feet in the car at all times, and enjoy the ride.
Dramatic, inspiring, and sometimes downright scary, holes can hide treasures, reveal secrets, and offer tantalizing tastes of adventure. Manmade or natural, there’s something about a big hole that makes the curious want to stand at its brink, take a deep breath, and explore its mysteries. These deep craters are sure to have you gasping, “Hole-y cow!”