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Miss USA 2011: West Coast, represent!

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

Note: This is the first 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 Western states.

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 ALASKA USA: JESSICA CHUCKRAN

Q: What are you most excited about seeing and doing in Las Vegas?
A: The city lights at night.

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

Q: What are your "must-see" shows in Vegas?
A: The Lion King.

MISS OREGON USA: ANNA PROSSER

Q: Who's your favorite Vegas icon?
A: Vegas wouldn't be Vegas without Elvis.

Q: If you had to pick 5 things to pack in your suitcase for a trip to Vegas, what would they be?
A: I'd pack a unicorn, an invisible cloak, a humanoid robot, my dog and a massage therapist. Anything is possible in Vegas... right?

Q: What is the first thing you want to do when you get off the plane in Vegas?
A: When I get off the plane I want to whip out my sunglasses and take off my coat. Looking forward to that warm weather! 

MISS CALIFORNIA USA: ALYSSA CAMPANELLA

Q: If you had only one night in Vegas, which nightclub would you choose?
A: I've heard great things about Blush and it has a very catchy name, too.

Q: What is your favorite restaurant in Las Vegas?
A: I love Tao at the Venetian.

Q: What is the best advice you can give to a first-timer in Las Vegas?
A: Breathe, then dive right in.

MISS NEVADA USA: SARAH CHAPMAN

Q: Where do you love to shop in Las Vegas?
A: I love to shop at the Miracle Mile Shops at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. They have everything you could ever want or need on the Las Vegas strip.

Q: Who would be your dream date for a night out in Vegas?
A: My dream date in Vegas would be if I could go back in time to the 1940s and hit the town with Frank Sinatra!

Q: What's the best pool in Vegas?
A: Encore Beach Club always has a fun and exciting crowd with great DJs on the weekends. I love that their decor is all bright and happy colors, too!  

MISS MONTANA USA: BRITTANY WISER

Q: What might you wear in Vegas that you wouldn't wear back  home?
A: String bikinis with high heels!

Q: What's the one thing in Vegas you can't miss?
A: I always have to take a few minutes to see the spectacular botanical garden exhibits at the Bellagio.

Q: If you could live at any Las Vegas resort, which one would you choose?
A: The Planet Hollywood Westgate Towers has an incredible quiet and laid-back atmosphere that is essential for long stays in Vegas.

MISS ARIZONA USA: BRITTANY DAWN BRANNON

Q: Where do you love to shop in Las Vegas?
A: I really enjoy Caesars Palace for shopping. The whole ambiance makes shopping enjoyable and fun.

Q: Who would be your dream date(s) for a night out in Vegas?
A: I honestly would like to do a girls-night-out instead of a date with a guy. I have a great group of girlfriends and I think we would have an absolute blast in Las Vegas together.

Q: If you could live at any Las Vegas resort, which one would you choose?
A: I would love to live at the Mandalay Bay. It's sophisticated and has a tropical island atmosphere.

MISS NEW MEXICO USA : BRITTANY TOLL

Q: If you had only one night in Vegas, which night club would you choose?
A: If I only had one night to spend in Vegas I would go to Tao (at Venetian), Pure (at Caesars Palace) and Moon at the Palms.

Q: What's the most unique experience you've had in Vegas?
A: The most unique experience I've had was attending a private 3 Doors Down concert on New Year's Eve at the Hard Rock.

Q: What's the one thing in Vegas you can't miss?
A: One thing in Vegas you cannot miss is Fremont Street; everyone should experience the old-town Vegas.

MISS WASHINGTON USA: ANGELINA KAYYALAYNEN

Q: If you had to pick 5 things to pack in your suitcase for a trip to Vegas, what would they be?
A: Camera, swimsuit, sunglasses, little black dress, credit card.

Q: What restaurants are you most excited to try in Las Vegas?
A: I'm excited to eat at Yolos and Strip House.

Q: What are your "must-see" shows in Vegas?
A: Would love to see Terry Fator and his famous celebrity impersonation shows.

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

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