As much as each of the Miss America contestants travel their own unique path for their chance to wear The Crown, visitors to Atlantic City can now embark on their own Road to the Crown. Join us for a self-guided walking tour steeped in the history, pageantry and legacy of this iconic Atlantic City tradition. Begin your adventure in the lobby level rotunda of the Sheraton Atlantic City Convention Center Hotel, and use the Road to the Crown Walking Tour map to guide your journey. Walking Tour Map
Road to the Crown Walking Tour highlights include:
Visitors can view, photograph and read about the replica Miss America Dresses on display in the Sheraton Hotel lobby. Painstakingly recreated with the help of historic photographs and collaboration with the actual Miss Americas who wore each historic frock, the dress displays are not only stunning, but provide a retrospective on fashion and styles through the decades since the first Miss America was crowned in 1921.
Memorobilia & Video
Complementing the dress display is a historical video on continuous loop featuring winning segments which have been updated and added to the original footage by The Miss America Organization. The Sheraton’s Miss America Memorabilia collection on display throughout the hotel includes 478 historical photos displayed in guest rooms and represents a rare, private collection that has never been publicly displayed elsewhere.
The walking tour continues up to the Sheraton’s second floor Shoe Bar featuring 29 of past Miss America contestants' actual shoes from the Miss America Shoe Parade. Proceeding down the hall to the foyer of the Crown Ballroom, visitors will be treated to stunning floor to ceiling sized photographs of some of the most well known and celebrated Miss Americas in their formal gowns.
The Golden Mermaid
Upon exiting the hotel, The Golden Mermaid statue near the gift shop is an original reproduction by artist Snell Johnson of the very rare first trophy won by the first few Miss Americas. The art of the Mermaid over it depicts Peggy Heavens, who served as the model for the early Miss America mermaid trophy.
Tea Garden & Bert Parks Statue
The walking tour continues to the Tea Garden just adjacent to the Sheraton’s front entrance featuring a bronze statue likeness of Mr. Miss America, Bert Parks who served as host of the Miss America Competition for 25 years. Artist Snell Johnson designed the statue with outstretched arms and hands holding a crown. Visitors can stand under the statue and take photos of their very own “crowning moment”.
Miss America Through The Decades Window Tour
Make a right turn and continue down Convention Blvd to the newly installed vinyl window graphics depicting the history of the Miss America pageant from 1920 through today. Steeped in history, these images chronicle the journey these amazing women take on the road to the crown. Each of seven windows depicts a decade from 1921 to 2000 with iconic images progressing from the full color to the iconic black and white and sepia tone images of yesteryear.
Rose Walk Journey through Tanger Outlets, The Walk
Turning right onto Michigan Avenue, the walking tour leads to the “Miss America Rose Walk” located on both sides of Michigan Avenue, between Atlantic and Arctic Avenues. The Rose Walk is a series of commemorative bronze plaques telling the pageant story. Each plaque, beginning in 1921 - 1995, bears the name of the winner under a crown, her home town and state, the year she held the crown and one of her first quotes in response to winning the crown, all framed within a rose border. The Rose Walk lines the path from the Atlantic City Convention Center and NJ Transit Rail Station to the Boardwalk and casinos.
The Miss America Experience Video Booth
The culmination of the Road to the Crown walking tour is The Miss America Experience Video Booth, located at Boardwalk Hall where Miss America will be crowned once again. Celebrating the return of Miss America to Atlantic City, the video booth provides a platform for people to share their fondest memories of Miss America in Atlantic City.