Graceland got its name long before Elvis took ownership. The original owner named the grounds after his daughter, Grace, who inherited the property in 1894. Elvis wouldn't get the keys for Graceland until 63 years later. Upon opening the doors you're transported into a time capsule. There are 23 rooms in this mansion, many of which have their own eccentric theme. The Jungle Room is a personal favorite; See if you can spot the indoor waterfall. Elvis's gravesite is the touching final stop of the tour. If you want to see his personal planes and endless memorabilia, you'll have to go across the street to the museums. This place can definitely be an all-day affair.
“The Home of the King”
From 1956 until 1957, Elvis and his family lived at 1034 Audubon Drive in Memphis. It wasn't long, however, before it became apparent that the Presleys needed more privacy and security than the Audubon Drive home could provide. So in 1957, Elvis bought Graceland for $102,000 from Ruth Brown Moore. Graceland was Elvis' final home in Memphis and it is where he died in 1977. Visitors to Graceland will experience more than just a tour of Elvis Presley's mansion. There are many other must-see exhibits to enjoy. Here is an overview of all you'll find at Graceland. The Mansion: The mansion tour is audio guided and takes visitors through the living room, music room, Elvis's parents' bedroom, the dining room, kitchen, TV room, poolroom, the famous Jungle Room, as well as the annex of the main house. After touring the mansion, visitors tour Elvis' racquetball building, original business office, and trophy building. The mansion tour ends with a visit to the Meditation Garden where Elvis, Gladys, Vernon, and Minnie Mae Presley are all buried. Featured in This is Spinal Tap when the band sings around Elvis's grave!
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We stopped and took pictures from the outside and checked out the souvenir shops. It was fun - our kids are young and wouldn't have done well on the tour. I read this review from trip advisor to figure out if we could take pictures from the outside: There's a free, small curbside parking area right in front of the mansion where you can pull over and take a few pictures over the stone wall. The gates are only closed in the evening and at night as shuttle buses go through them all day. The mansion sits a fair ways off of the road and you can only get a peek at it over the wall. Anything else requires a ticket.
There's a shopping strip next to the Graceland plaza area (the plaza is directly across the street from the mansion) where you can park for free, get out walk around the gift shops, cross the street to the stone wall area, etc. There's several attractions in the plaza area as well, but you'd need tickets to see them.
I'm not an Elvis fan so I debated on not going. I'm so glad I decided to tour it anyway. Loved it! Such a great experience and so cool to see photos and video of actual footage. It makes it so much more real to put Elvis there. And to see the memorial at the end of the tour. Amazing!! I guess you can say I am now an Elvis fan 😊
30 bucks to see a rich mans house that's been paid off for years? In the ghetto, mind you. No way.
The tour was actually quite moving. Learned a lot about him that I didn't know. The grounds are amazing. The ipads that act as your guide are great because you're able to go at your own pace. If your route takes you near memphis, this is a worthwhile stop.
Ok, first I am an Elvis fan... If you're not this place might not be worth it, but if you like rock and roll and/or Elvis, you'll really enjoy Graceland. The bizarre room themes, the gold records, and the beautiful grounds make it a pretty neat spot. Seems unnatural to visit Memphis and not make a stop at the home of the King.
We had just planned to drive by, but couldn't resist taking the tour. It is quite expensive, but we had a lot of fun. The iPad tour was great (John Stamos!!). The car and airplane parts of the tour cost extra.
Very well done. Whole family enjoyed the tour and found it very interesting and informative. Took about 4 hours, not the 2.5 the website projects. Awesome overall!
I was not the biggest fan of Graceland. First of all it's located way out of the city, right on the Mississippi State Line and the surrounding neighborhood is extremely seedy. Entrance is expensive and lines are long to even get on the bus from the parking lot up to the property.
The inside of the house itself reminds me of many gaudi 1960's houses I've seen. As someone who isn't a particularly big fan of Elvis, Graceland lacked a lot of the meaning and nostalgia that Elvis fans feel. However that said, seeing people from around the world dress in costume in homage of the man is a huge part of the experience. Graceland also does a great job as a museum explaining Elvis's influence throughout the world.
I spent more time here than I thought I would. The house was nicely done for its time, much bigger than it looks from the outside. The vast records/awards really reiterate how important Elvis was. Loved the displays of costumes & information. Parking is additional. Lots of shops, some quick food.
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Good for cultural-travelers. Has a kitsch vibe.
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