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Graceland, Memphis

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Once Elvis Presley's private home--and the place he died in 1977 at age 42--Graceland now is a museum dedicated to the famous entertainer. The mansion sits on a large estate that opened to the public in 1982. Tour the 23-room house to see its opulent and often tacky decor, providing insight into the mind of one of the world's most beloved music icons. To suit his unusual tastes, Presley extensively modified the estate, most notably adding a wrought-iron gate shaped like a book of sheet music. Just a year before his death the singer converted one of the rooms into a recording studio, where he worked on his final two albums. Use our Memphis road trip planning website to visit Graceland on your trip to Memphis, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • Got to visit on the Kings Birthday! Love the new complex. So much to see, loved the gold records and all his outfits. Enjoyed using the head phones at the mansion, we were able to move at our own pace...  more »
  • I'm 45 years old, and have never been to Graceland. 10 of us made plans to take a road trip to Memphis from Cincinnati. Graceland was my #1 thing that I wanted to see, and was excited about it. I am s...  more »
  • We have never visited Graceland but one of the main reasons we went to Memphis. Worth going to see all the memorabilia especially the clothes and cars. The upstairs private bedrooms are closed to the ...  more »
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  • I would highly recommend any Elvis fan to visit Graceland at least once. We did the mansion, experience, cars and planes and there was just so much to see and do - we spent around 5 hours there. You visit Elvis’ grave and walk around the grounds of the mansion. The audio tour is very informative. There was crowds at the beginning of the tour but as we went through it thinned and evened out so you do get a good amount of time in each room.
  • I took my sister here for her birthday!! We both loved it!! I would highly recommend everyone to attend at least 1 time in your life.. It is so pretty. The detail spent in letting you know what the rooms were for or why there is a knick on the pool table was amazing!! The group's are big in the afternoon not so big early morning.. The planes were fantastic..It was all so breathtaking..
  • An informative look at the King's lifetime achievements. We only booked the tour of the mansion and the planes, and were impressed by the amount of information we learned and all the memorabilia we got to see. We were also a bit disappointed by the fact that we paid more than $40 and didn't get access to the museum, because we would have loved to learn more about Elvis's career (the mansion is primarily about his family) - hence my rating of 4 stars instead of the full 5. But overall an enjoyable experience, and we managed to spend 3 whole hours touring the mansion and planes. A few tips for any travelers looking to stretch their money a bit: first, you can save $10 on parking if you leave your car in the perpetually empty parking lot on Winchester a block away (it's not a secure lot, though). Second, the tour of the planes is pretty neat, but keep in mind you can only walk through the full-sized jet. You can walk into the smaller jet, but you can't walk around in it. So think long and hard about whether that's worth the extra $5. Finally, because time is money: book tickets in advance. Otherwise you could be waiting 3 hours for your tour to start. But a fun tour overall. Elvis lives!
  • It was everything I thought it would be. We purchased Ultimate VIP tickets which include a personal tour guide, some special VIP treatment with some artifacts, and a free meal ticket.(We chose Vernon's and it was AWESOME).It depends on who you get I'm sure but, I learned a lot from the Graceland book sold in the gift shops there. More than what she told us. It has a picture of Graceland on the cover with an early pic of Elvis walking toward the camera. Definitely check that book out before or after your tour. I've only been once so I'm not sure how the tablet tour is.
  • You get a sense of his life, as a grandson, son, father, husband and gifted person. It was interesting and sad. Grateful to the family to share his life with the public. It takes a lot longer to see everything, so give yourself at least 4-5 hours. Stay at the Guest House at Graceland, and walk over. That's the total experience!

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From budget to luxury, Memphis offers accommodations suitable for every traveler. If you're planning just a short visit, consider staying at an inexpensive inn near the airport. For easy access to the city's shopping, dining, and nightlife, book a room at a downtown hotel, offering complimentary parking, free Wi-Fi, and a convenient shuttle service to and from the airport. If you come to Memphis in order to splurge, stay at one of the city's luxury hotels overlooking the Mississippi River, featuring stylish rooftop gardens.
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