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How Miss America contestants see Vegas

     They all come from different states, but this week, the contestants in the 2012 Miss America Pageant have one thing in common -- Las Vegas.

     The participants in this year's pageant got a chance to experience Vegas this week before a new Miss America is crowned this Saturday night at Planet Hollywood. We asked some of them about the host city:

Miss California   MISS CALIFORNIA, NOELLE FREEMAN

   Q: Where do you love to shop in Vegas?

   A: The Forum Shops at Caesars are always the first stop when shopping in Las Vegas!
   There is so much to see and buy, I could spend an entire day there! Love the huge staircase too!

Miss ConnecticutMISS CONNECTICUT, MORGAN AMARONE

Q: What's your favorite Las Vegas restaurant, or the one you want to try the most?

A: You can't beat any of the restaurants in Las Vegas, but Nobu (at the Hard Rock Hotel) takes the cake!

  Miss District of Columbia MISS DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, ASHLEY BOALCH 

   Q: What luxury spa would you like to spend a day enjoying in Vegas?

   A: I have read that the Mandarin Oriental in Las Vegas has one of the most amazing spa 
   treatments in the world. Experiencing the Luminescence Massage and Body Treatment,
   which entails a Swedish massage, revitalizing body scrub and Pearl Powder, is definitely on my must-do list!

MIss HawaiiMISS HAWAII, LAUREN CHEAPE

Q: What's your favorite Las Vegas restaurant, or the one you want to try the most?

A: Hash House A Go-Go (Imperial Palace, Plaza, M Resort). After seeing it on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives, I just had to try it. It has a unique combination of foods and huge portion sizes.

Miss Kansas   MISS KANSAS, CARISSA KELLEY

   Q: What luxury spa would you like to spend a day enjoying in
   Las Vegas?

   A: Canyon Ranch Spa at The Venetian.

Miss LouisianaMISS LOUISIANA, HOPE ANDERSON

Q: If you could live at any resort in Las Vegas, which would you choose?

A: The ARIA at CityCenter. It's smack dab in the center of everything and the architecture and open layout make it a perfect place to relax and people-watch. The restaurants are incredible, it has a fabulous mall and you're minutes from everywhere else.

Miss Mississippi   MISS MISSISSIPPI, MARY MARGARET ROARK

   Q: What would you do if your talent led to a headlining show in Las Vegas on the first
   night your name appeared on the marquee?

   A: Faint! Then take a picture. Then rock it out on stage!

Miss MontanaMISS MONTANA, VERONIKA OHLINGER

Q: What is the best advice you can give to a first-timer in Vegas?

A: Take in as much as you possibly can! There are tons of shows, shopping areas, restaurants, and even more activities to experience. Do some research online and figure out which of these attractions appeal the most to you and make sure you put them on the top of your list!

Miss Nevada   MISS NEVADA, ALANA LEE

   Q: What's the one thing in Las Vegas you can't miss?

   A: No trip to Las Vegas is complete without seeing the spectacular Fountains of Bellagio.
   They have become a Las Vegas staple through exposure on television and in
   numerous films. It's a wholesome activity that's sure to impress!

Miss OklahomaMISS OKLAHOMA, BETTY THOMPSON

Q: What would you do if your talent led to a headlining show in Las Vegas on the first night your name appeared on the marquee?

A: If I was on the marquee for a headlining show in Las Vegas, I would definitely want a picture in front of it with as many of my friends and family as possible!

   Miss South CarolinaMISS SOUTH CAROLINA, BREE BOYCE

   Q: What Vegas performer do you think you are most like and why?

   A: Terry Fator! I love his impersonations and comedic style. I definitely feel that with my
   celebrity impersonations and humor, we are most alike! I love to make people laugh and it
   is evident he does as well.

Miss VermontMISS VERMONT, KATIE LEVASSEUR

Q: If you could only bring three things on a trip to Vegas, what would they be and why?

A: My Burt's Bees lip balm for the desert air, my camera to document the incredible experience and my best friend to share the experience with!

Miss Virginia   MISS VIRGINIA, ELIZABETH CROT

   Q: What Vegas performer do you think you are most like and why?

   A: I'd like to think Elton John (at Caesars Palace), because I can sing in multiple
   genres.

Miss WashingtonMISS WASHINGTON, BRITTNEY HENRY

Q: What luxury spa would you like to spend a day enjoying in Vegas?

A: Green Valley Ranch spa. I've been before and it was a great experience!

Shows, resorts and a hotel makeover – there are plenty of new things to see in Vegas

     There's always something new and exciting to see whenever you visit Las Vegas. Now, you can see a brand-new look for an old favorite - the Plaza Hotel & Casino in downtown Las Vegas has received a seven-figure makeover and is set to once again be the anchor at the end of the Fremont Street Experience. Everything is new including the Swingers Club, Exposed Hair Salon, Insurgo Theater, and a steakhouse named after celebrity Mayor Oscar Goodman!  Check out the new vintage downtown hotel and experience the best of old-school Vegas!

Cathay House at the Palms     24/7 dining usually consists of a late night coffee shop - but the Palms Hotel takes casual dining to another level.  Cathay House is a restaurant within a restaurant (it's in an exclusive space inside the 24/7 Café) with an assorted menu that offers something for every craving with a modern Chinese flair. Dim sum is a favorite here, and even served on rolling carts tableside daily.

     Las Vegas has its share of top-notch Asian cuisine, and Luxor joins the list! For fresh, tasty and healthy Asian cuisine, check out Rice and Company, located at Luxor near Mandalay Place. This new casual dining alternative includes tropically influenced variations of sushi and sashimi and more! With a prime location at Luxor, you're just steps away from hit shows including the sexy adult-revue Fantasy, and family-friendly prop-comic Carrot Top!

     Then, it's time to get your game on at Insert Coin(s) Videolounge Gamebar at the Fremont East District, where old-school video gaming collides with modern nightclub atmosphere.  From classic arcades to new high-def gaming stations, drop a quarter and let the games begin. And finish strong with a stroll along Fremont East Entertainment District or the bright lights of VivaVision at Fremont Street Promenade!

     Rock icons Rod Stewart and Elton John are beginning their residencies at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, too, so catch these iconic figures in all-new shows!  You've seen these legendary GRAMMY winners over the years, but to see them in Vegas at the spectacular Colosseum, is worth the trip alone!

     So much to see, so come check out what's new when you visit Las Vegas!

Miss USA 2011: Great Lakes and more

Note: This is the third in a series of blogs leading up to the Miss USA 2011 competition on June 19 at Planet Hollywood. In this entry, we're highlighting contestants from states surrounding the Great Lakes and nearby, and we'll also slide down South a little, too.

 The contestants for Miss USA are used to answering questions, so we threw some Vegas-related Qs their way. Here are some selected answers:

MISS MINNESOTA USA: BRITTANY LEE THELEMANN

Q: Where do you love to shop in Vegas?
A: I love to shop at Caesars Palace. It is so beautiful and cool down there.

Q: What is your favorite restaurant in Las Vegas?
A: I've had an amazing steak dinner at the Charlie Palmer steak house (at Four Seasons).

Q: What's the best advice you can give to a first-timer in Las Vegas?
A: Try it all! Make sure you leave yourself plenty of time to travel up and down the Las Vegas Strip. There is so much to see and do!

MISS IOWA USA: REBECCA GOLDSMITH

Q: What are you most excited about seeing and doing in Las Vegas?
A: I 'm really, really looking forward to taking a dip in the hottest pools Las Vegas has to offer!

Q: If you had to pick five things to pack in your suitcase for a trip to Vegas, what would they be?
A: A swimsuit, a little black dress, a sequin purse, heels and slippers for the day after!

Q: What's the one thing in Las Vegas you can't miss?
A: I just have to see a drive-thru wedding!

MISS ILLINOIS USA: ANGELA SPARROW

Q: What might you wear in Vegas that you wouldn't wear back home?
A: I can't wait to wear all of my short beaded cocktail dresses.

Q: Who would be your dream date for a night out in Vegas?
A: My dream date for a night out in Vegas would be Holly Madison.

Q: What is your favorite restaurant in Las Vegas?
A: My favorite restaurant so far has been Switch (at Encore at Wynn Las Vegas) because of the atmosphere.

MISS WISCONSIN USA: SHALETTA PORTERFIELD

Q: Who's your favorite Vegas icon?
A: My favorite Vegas icon is Elvis Presley because he "shakes" things up!

Q: If you had only one night in Vegas, which nightclub would you choose?
A: I would go to Pure nightclub at Caesars Palace.

Q: If you could live at any Las Vegas resort, which one would you choose?
A: If I could live in any resort, I would choose the Venetian.

MISS MICHIGAN USA: CHANNING PIERCE

Q: What is the first thing you want to do when you get off the plane in Vegas?
A: Take a lot of pictures!

Q: What are your must-see shows in Vegas?
A: The Beatles' "LOVE" (at The Mirage) and Celine Dion (at Caesars Palace).

Q: If you could live at any Las Vegas resort, which one would you choose?
A: All the resorts offer such amazing amenities and experiences! I guess I would have to choose Planet Hollywood!

MISS OHIO USA: ASHLEY NICOLE CALDWELL

Q: What are you most excited about seeing and doing in Las Vegas?
A: The city lights and competing for Miss USA!

Q: If you had to pick five things to pack in your suitcase for a trip to Vegas, what would they be?
A: Camera, extra-strength Tylenol, a dress to impress, cool shades, swimsuit.

Q: If you had only night in Vegas, which nightclub would you choose?
A: I have been told to check out the clubs at the Palms.

MISS KENTUCKY USA: KIA BEN-ET HAMPTON

Q: Where do you love to shop in Vegas?
A: My favorite place to shop is definitely Town Square Las Vegas and also the Fashion Show Mall.

Q: What is the first thing you want to do when you get off the plane in Vegas?
A: The first thing I want to do is sightsee! I went to Vegas once for five days and it wasn't enough time. I want to re-do everything I did the first time plus more.

Q: Who would be your dream date for a night out in Vegas?
A: My dream date would definitely be with Elton John! I know he is in Las Vegas a lot and he is an icon of mine.

MISS TENNESSEE USA: ASHLEY ELIZABETH DURHAM

Q: Where do you love to shop in Vegas?
A: The Grand Canal Shoppes at the Venetian. I enjoy the beautiful Venice street scene design with a canal that runs through the center of the shopping area!

Q: What might you wear in Vegas that you wouldn't wear back home?
A: Anything I may think is a little "too much" anywhere else is probably perfect for Vegas! The more sequins or feathers, the better!

Q: If you could live at any Las Vegas resort, which one would you choose?
A: Wynn Las Vegas. It is considered one of the finest hotels in the world!

All Miss USA contestants surveyed are over 21 years of age.
Images courtesy of Miss Universe Organization.

Miss USA 2011: Across plains and terrains

Please note: Lion King at Mandalay Bay has since closed. 

 The contestants for Miss USA are used to answering questions, so we threw some Vegas-related Qs their way. Here are some selected answers:

MISS UTAH USA: JAMIE LYNN CRANDALL

Q: Where do you love to shop in Vegas?
A: Fashion Show Mall.

Q: What's the best pool in Vegas?
A: Tao Beach.

Q: If you could live at any Las Vegas resort, which one would you choose?
A: I'd love to live at the Wynn, The Cosmopolitan or ARIA.

MISS NORTH DAKOTA USA: BRANDI LYNN SCHOENBERG

Q: What's your favorite Vegas icon?
A: The "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada" sign is probably the most recognizable thing in Vegas.

Q: If you had only one night in Vegas, which nightclub would you choose?
A: Why stop at one? I'd try to go to as many as I could!

Q: What would be your date for a night out in Vegas?
A: I would want it to be a total surprise, but it should include a helicopter ride at night to see the whole city lit up from above.

MISS SOUTH DAKOTA USA: CHANDRA RAE BURNHAM

Q: If you had to pick five things to pack in your suitcase for a trip to Vegas, what would they be?
A: I would have to pack a fabulous swimsuit for all the amazing pool parties in Vegas, amazing dresses for clubbing, tickets to a one-of-a-kind Vegas show, a great pair of walking shoes so I can cruise up and down the Strip, and a big fat wallet so I have something to put all my winnings in on my way home.

Q: What are your must-see shows in Vegas?
A: Any Cirque du Soleil show and The Lion King.

Q: If you could live at any Las Vegas resort, which one would you choose?
A: I would enjoy living at The Venetian.

MISS NEBRASKA USA: HALEY JO HEROLD

Q: Who's your favorite Las Vegas icon?
A: Frank Sinatra.

Q: What might you wear in Vegas that you wouldn't wear back home?
A: A fascinator headpiece.

Q: What is the best advice you can give to a first-timer in Las Vegas?
A: Wear comfortable shoes!

MISS OKLAHOMA USA: KAITLYN SMITH

Q: What are you most excited about seeing and doing in Las Vegas?
A: I am most excited about just spending two weeks in Vegas and enjoying the whole atmosphere. Vegas is electrifying!

Q: Who's your favorite Vegas icon?
A: My current favorite Vegas icon is Garth Brooks! He's from Oklahoma.

Q: If you had only one night in Vegas, which nightclub would you choose?
A: XS at the Encore at Wynn Las Vegas is a must visit!

MISS TEXAS USA: ANA CHRISTINA RODRIGUEZ

Q: What might you wear in Vegas that you wouldn't wear back home?
A: I'd rock an Elvis outfit if I had one.

Q: What's the most unique experience you've had in Las Vegas?
A: My first time in Vegas, I was able to experience a "Vegas wedding." My family and I had an amazing time.

Q: What's the one thing in Las Vegas you can't miss?
A: If you can't make it to the real Eiffel Tower in Paris, not a problem, because there's one in Vegas (at Paris Las Vegas), and it is beautiful.

MISS MISSOURI USA: HOPE DRISKILL

Q: Who would be your dream date for a night out in Vegas?
A: My dream date would be bringing all of my friends to Vegas for shopping, sun and a girls' night out!

Q: What is your favorite restaurant in Las Vegas?
A: All of the buffets.

Q: What are your must-see shows in Vegas?
A: Elton John and Peepshow.

MISS LOUISIANA USA: PAGE PENNOCK

Q: Who's your favorite Vegas icon?
A: My favorite Las Vegas icon is Celine Dion. I am so excited she is back in Vegas and will definitely see her show while I am in Vegas.

Q: What is your favorite restaurant in Las Vegas?
A: My favorite restaurant in Las Vegas is the hot dog restaurant right down the street from Planet Hollywood called Pink's. They have the best hot dogs ever!

Q: What is the best advice you can give to a first-timer in Las Vegas?
A: The best advice to give to a first-timer in Las Vegas is to definitely take a gondola ride at The Venetian and watch the water show at Bellagio. They are both unforgettable experiences.

MISS HAWAII USA: ANGELA BYRD

Q: What is the first thing you want to do when you get off the plane in Vegas?
A: Besides thanking the pilot for bringing the plane safely to Vegas, I want to experience what everyone has told me to be one of the best qualities about Vegas: the great food! Vegas, ready or not, here I come!

Q: Where do you love to shop in Vegas?
A: I look forward to checking out the great shopping at the Fashion Outlets! Williams-Sonoma Marketplace, Vogue Italia and Vanity Fair will be the first stores I run to! If I can find a Pottery Barn, this will complete my shopping list!

Q: If you could live at any Las Vegas resort, which one would you choose?
A: I would live at The Cosmopolitan if I had a choice to choose any Las Vegas resort to live at. The style, sophistication, interior and exterior design, (Marquee) Dayclub pool and their spa describes my personality and what I am comfortable with.

All Miss USA contestants surveyed are over 21 years of age.
Images courtesy of Miss Universe Organization.

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