Cedar Point, Ohio
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The 144-year-old Cedar Point amusement park is the second oldest operational park in America (behind Connecticut's Lake Compounce) and probably the most memorable. The park is famous for its rides – there are no less than 72 – and it lives up to the hype. From the 50-year-old Blue Streak to the newly-opened GateKeeper, the rides are fast and fun. The park itself is also fascinating; several of the buildings are on the National Register of Historic Places, and the barkers and employees operate much as they have for generations. It's an Ohio tradition unlike any other and a great weekend destination for anyone living in Philadelphia or D.C.