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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!

Tune in to Vegas for reality programs, game shows and celebrity stars

    Las Vegas has always been prominent on the small screen - but nothing beats the real thing, so plan your next trip to see TV stars in person!

     If you're a fan or reality TV, take a ride by the Gold and Silver Pawn Shop on Las Vegas Boulevard in Downtown Las Vegas, and you'll see the location of the hit show, "Pawn Stars." Just look for the line of people waiting to get in - this place is popular!

     Do you watch TV game shows? Well, in Vegas, you can be the star! Check out stage productions of "Name That Tune Live!" at Imperial Palace, an up-to-date and fast-paced version of the iconic program. Or come on down to Bally's Las Vegas, where you could be the next contestant on "The Price Is Right."

     Celebrity stars from television are all over Las Vegas, too, including ‘70s variety show icons Donny & Marie, headlining at Flamingo Las Vegas; "Holly's World" star Holly Madison starring in Peepshow at Planet Hollywood; "Mindfreak" star Criss Angel starring in Criss Angel: BELIEVE at Luxor and former "America's Got Talent" winner Terry Fator at The Mirage. Oh, and if you're lucky, get a hot ticket to Penn & Teller at the Rio Hotel, stars of the hit Discovery show "Penn & Teller Tell a Lie."

     Dial in to a Vegas getaway and see stars from TV up close and in person!

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.

Vegas Minute: Tempting Fator

In this week's Vegas Minute -- which you can watch below and which can also be found, along with many of our signature Las Vegas commercials, on our official YouTube channel -- Mirage headliner Terry Fator isn't just giving lip service to his revamped show. Also, don't miss The Strokes at the Cosmopolitan and it's a great time for sports fans, too. Go golfing at any of Vegas' championship courses and catch Big League Weekend along with all of the action of college basketball's championship tournament in Las Vegas' luxurious sportsbooks. Plan your trip at LasVegas.com. Vegas Minute produced by Vegas.com.

Vegas Minute: Playboy Comedy Club is hopping

In this week's Vegas Minute, which you can also find on our official Las Vegas YouTube channel, catch some bunnies and funnies at Playboy Comedy Club inside the Palms, as well as other headline shows that call Las Vegas home -- Terry Fator at The Mirage and Le Reve at Wynn Las Vegas.

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