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Historic Atlantic City

The birthplace of Miss America, salt water taffy and gleaming East Coast casinos, see Atlantic City, NJ, rise and fall, and rise again.

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Home of the Miss America Pageant

Originally cooked up to extend tourist season past Labor Day, the Miss America competition began as a 2-day beauty contest on September 7, 1921. After 6 years in Las Vegas, the competition returned to Atlantic City in 2013.

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