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A Teenager's Las Vegas

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

Photo: François Dischinger

FOUR WAYS TO BREAK THE BANK (WITHOUT ENTERING A CASINO)
Big B's CD's & Records 4761 S. Maryland Pkwy.; 702/732-4433.

Forum Shops at Caesars Palace 3500 Las Vegas Blvd. S.; 702/893-4800. The best shopping in town, with talking Roman statues and lots of smoke.

Showcase Mall 3785 Las Vegas Blvd. S.; 702/597-3122. M&M's World, Sephora (for makeup), Sega Enterprises' GameWorks, the World of Coca-Cola. Nothing as nature intended—so perfect for teenage tourists.

Via Bellagio 3600 Las Vegas Blvd. S.; 702/693-7111. Armani, Hermès, Tiffany, Prada, Chanel. Very welcoming to browsers. Need we say more?

THRILLS AND SPILLS
Eiffel Tower Paris Las Vegas, 3645 Las Vegas Blvd. S.; 702/739-4111. Vegas's version has an elevator ride straight to the top and the best views in town.

Madame Tussaud's Las Vegas Venetian, 3355 Las Vegas Blvd. S.; 702/367-1847. Frank Sinatra, Tina Turner, Jerry Springer, and all that beeswax.

Manhattan Express New York—New York Hotel & Casino, 3790 Las Vegas Blvd. S.; 800/693-6763 or 702/740-6969. A roller coaster that takes you around a Manhattan skyline and lasts a never-ending 2 minutes, 45 seconds.

Mirage 702/791-7111. An erupting volcano out front, a rain forest in the lobby, plus the Siegfried & Roy Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat (702/792-7768)—a shady retreat for many, many rare animals from their show—near the pool. And there's S & R's Royal White Tiger Habitat, with pool and waterfalls, near the south entrance.

Stratosphere Tower 2000 Las Vegas Blvd. S.; 702/380-7777. The High Roller is supposedly the world's tallest coaster. The Big Shot takes you up 160 feet in 2.5 seconds, so you experience weightlessness to four G's (more than most astronauts), then drops you—fast.

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