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A Teenager's Las Vegas

François Dischinger Teens hanging out in front of a Las Vegas fountain.

Photo: François Dischinger

Chapel of Love 1431 Las Vegas Blvd. S.; 800/922-5683. All faiths can get hitched here (it's $45 for the basic service). Wish I'd bought the logo nightie.

"Elvis" Brendan Paul 702/450-9548; from $250 an hour, two-hour minimum. At first I was weirded out by this Elvis impersonator-for-hire (who we invited to dinner at Nobu), but then he started singing to me.

Fremont Street Experience Fremont St. between Main and 4th; 800/249-3559. A pedestrian promenade full of souvenir stalls. I got an I LOVE JESUS night-light.

Liberace Museum 1775 E. Tropicana Ave.; 702/798-5595. Loved the pianos and all those fur coats.

Bonanza, The World's Largest Gift Shop 2460 Las Vegas Blvd. S.; 702/385-7359. The racks of ornamental skulls are definitely creepy, but I adore my Elvis glasses with sideburns.

Hoover Dam 702/294-3523. Thirty-five miles from Las Vegas, the dam is on the border between Nevada and Arizona. Tour the turbine room or, if you're an engineering aficionado, take the hard-hat trip down into the guts. For transportation options (including raft or helicopter), see www.hooverdam.usbr.gov.

Lake Mead National Recreation Area 601 Nevada Hwy., Boulder City; 702/293-8907. The reservoir formed by Hoover Dam, Lake Mead has 700 miles of shoreline, with boat rentals and great swimming.

Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area Hwy. 159; 702/363-1921. Hikes, walks, and picnics in a spectacular setting 20 miles west of the Strip (rent a car or grab a cab). For mountain bikers, there are 60 miles of trails (rent bikes at Escape Adventures, 8221 W. Charleston Blvd.; 702/596-2953).


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