LAST-MINUTE GUIDE TO VEGAS:
THINGS TO DO WITHOUT RESERVATIONS
While many of the biggest concerts and events in Las Vegas require reservations or advance booking for tickets, there are still countless ways to pass the time in Sin City that require no planning whatsoever. Whether you are eager to be entertained, visit the iconic landmarks in the city or are ready to dig into some of Vegas' most incredible cuisine and nightlife, the following are our top picks for your last-minute guide to Las Vegas.
Las Vegas is well-known for its world-class shopping. There's no end to the purchasing potential in Sin City, but one of the best places to start is in the Forum Shops. Located in Caesars Palace, the Forum Shops is an impressive collection of more than 160 stores. This is definitely the place to splurge on designer favorites like Louis Vuitton and Gucci, but there are also plenty of staples like H&M to accommodate all budgets. In between stores and boutiques, head to one of the restaurants in the Forum Shops to grab a refreshing cocktail, some caffeine in the form of a latte, or a full meal to refuel and give you energy for the next adventure.
The LINQ, a pedestrian-friendly space between the Quad Resort & Casino and the Flamingo Las Vegas, is one of the hottest shopping, dining and nightlife locales in all of Las Vegas. Its crowning attraction is the High Roller, an enormous observation wheel that lets you see the Strip from a whole new perspective. Tickets are required to hop on the High Roller, but they can be purchased online just a few minutes in advance. Or, you could always show up, hop in line and climb onboard after a short wait. The High Roller runs between noon and 2 a.m. each day. During the day, the High Roller can be a family-oriented attraction, and prices are slightly lower. As the sun sets and the Strip heats up, the neon lights serve as a romantic and exciting backdrop for a fun and last-minute activity in Las Vegas.
You don't have to make reservations or book tables weeks in advance to enjoy the mouth-watering cuisine in Vegas. If you love international faire, and you have a special place in your heart for all things French, check out Le Village Buffet. Located, appropriately enough, in Paris Las Vegas, this buffet draws inspiration from five provinces of France. Roll up a savory cheese crepe from the region of Brittany, or dig into penne alla puttanesca from the region of Provence. Make a night of it by ending with some sweet pastries a la traditional Parisian patisserie, or splurge on all-you-can-drink house red and white wines. Open daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., you don't have to make reservations to enjoy Le Village Buffet. Just show up, wait to be seated and dig in!
Part of Las Vegas' appeal is the opulence, excess and lavish lifestyles on display. There are few places where this is more evident than at The Auto Collections, an incredible exhibit in the Linq Resort & Casino. There are more than 250 cars in this stunning collection, and you'll love identifying some of the more famous vehicles. Be sure not to miss the 1929 Rolls-Royce Springfield Phantom I or the Chrysler that Johnny Carson drove to his senior prom! The Auto Collections is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and no reservations are required because tickets can be purchased right at the door.
If you're in Vegas during the summer, pool parties are an incredible way to spend the day. Some of the bigger parties require tickets and reservations, but the Pleasure Pools at Planet Hollywood are a fantasy land open daily and free for hotel guests. Even if you aren't staying at Planet Hollywood, you can pay at the entrance to step into the world of live DJs, a party atmosphere, bikini contests and non-stop action. As a bonus, the rooftop Pleasure Pools offer some of the best views of the Las Vegas Strip, a definite perk you'll want to remember while soaking up the sun.