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For many, this is the only reason they need to make a trip to Memphis. Elvis has an allure that transcends the 30+ years since his death.
Graceland is only accessible by tour bus - tickets are available across the street, as are several Elvis museums, exhibits, and gift shops. The tickets run from $27 for the mansion tour only, up to $68 for the VIP Tour (check out the website to see what all that entails). For myself, I enjoyed the Platinum tour, since I found the tour of the airplanes Lisa Marie and Hound Dog fascinating.
From the moment you are driven through the famous music scroll gates, you are transported to the world of Elvis. I will note here that I AM a fan - my mother was a fan and I was raised on his music. But I believe that you would enjoy this tour even if you were NOT a fan. Just because you have heard so much about Elvis and Graceland, seeing the Jungle Room in person will affect you. You get to tour much of the mansion and grounds, eventually ending in the Meditation Garden where Elvis was laid to rest with his parents, aunt, and a centotaph for his still-born twin. It is very moving, and there are always flowers and presents left for him there (teddy bears, Hawaiian leis).
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Avoid Graceland Parking Lot!
Avoid the parking lot at Graceland like the plague. If you can't find free parking on the street, you can find a nearby commercial lot that charges much less than the $8 fee at the Graceland lot. All the Graceland prices have gone up since the Presley family sold the property, but parking is the biggest ripoff.
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Our visit to Graceland
We were surprised by how much we enjoyed our tour of Elvis's home and the grounds.
We purchased a tour that included almost everything there is to see there. They have it very well organized. We were there in late October so it was not crowded. Paid parking is available and once you purchase your ticket a shuttle bus takes you across the street to the mansion. When you are on the shuttle bus you are given headphones to use when touring the mansion.
There you are welcomed and given a short introduction to the home. Turn on your headphones and take your time enjoying a tour down memory lane. We enjoyed seeing the pictures of so many people that were part of our younger lives, pictures of people no longer living - the music that was played during each stop in different parts of the house really enhanced the story and brought back terriffic memories. The headphones are also used when visiting the buildings behind the house. This tour took a half a day. We were there during the 30th anniversary of Elvis's death so there were lots of flowers at the graves. The graves can be viewed early in the morning without a charge. Elvis's grandmother, Vernon's mother, outlived them all and she is also buried here.
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Get your tickets and hop on the bus
There is plenty of parking for Graceland. Unless you stay in a hotel up and down the street there is no parking. The area right outside Elvis's home is now a commercial area of hotels and shops and the parking area. Graceland offers good discounts for military and retired seniors. After you get your ticket, which is numbered, you wait for your number to be called. While waiting to get on the bus you receive your headphones which enhance the tour immensely. The house is across the street so the bus takes your through the busy traffic and up the long hill to Graceland.
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The Pool and other buildings
It's easy to imagine Elvis and his family enjoying the pool in their backyard. They also had horses on the acreage behind the house. Now the buildings hold his records and the fantastic display of outfits he wore at his concerts. Great things to see!
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The home is lovely from the front & back
Elvis bought this home when he was 21 years old. It included about 15 acres of land.
After visiting here I can see why he loved it. It's very relaxing and secluded from a now busy and commercial street.
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Home of Elvis, you gotta do it.
The house is a bit of a let down as you firstly have to que for ages (but there are plenty of people dressed as The King to laugh at).
When inside, the place is set out 'as it was left', but it looked very fake to me. More like a museum.
The upstairs is out of bounds.
You get a tape (probably MP3) headset to guide you round the place. You end up in the shed (home to the Platinum discs etc). Then finally into the gardens, where you see the mis-spelt gravestone.
Sure, it's Graceland. It's kitschy, it's expensive, and it's touristy...but once you get into the mansion, it really IS about The King, and the things you learn on the audio tour--especially if you didn't know all that much about Elvis--are not only interesting but even moving. Ending at his grave in the Meditation Garden, I know I had a new appreciation for Elvis. Who he was, what he did, and how he changed the world. I'm glad I went, and took the kids, too, especially since they are aspiring musicians.. They weren't even bored.
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The home of the King
Well i know its an obvious tip but Graceland is a must! We went on a week day and it was still really busy. The place itself was smaller than what I expected but it is brilliant. The house has been kept as it was when elvis was there and is great to see. areas have been changed such as the squash courts which now house all his Gold and platinum and diamond discs. Throughout the whole tour you have a headset which guides you through the tour
When you go in you have the choice of buying just the pass to graceland or a package which includes the car musuem and the airplanes. Althought the airplanes can be seen pretty quickly the car musuem is definitely worth going to visit.
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Graceland: Home of Elvis Presley
Experience Elvis Presley at his home, Graceland. You'll discover exciting videos, displays of authentic clothing, artifacts, personal mementos, an amazing showcase of Elvis's gold and platinum awards and more. Some of Gladys Presley's belongs are now on display in a permanent addition to the tour. As well as memorabilia of Elvis and his meeting with President Nixon in December 1970. On loan is the outfit that Nixon wore that day and the gun that Elvis gave Nixon as a gift (courtesy of the Nixon Library). The Platinum Tour features Graceland Mansion, the Auto Museum, Elvis's Custom Jets, the Sincerely Elvis Exhibit and Elvis After Dark.
Interesting, but busy and shallow
I paid $30 for a ticket to Graceland and 4 other minor attractions. These are a collection of cars, an airplane, a collection of suits and a collection of artifacts. Graceland alone was $25. This is quite expensive.
I liked Graceland, but found it to be uncomfortably busy- moving round the rooms slowly in a packed line is irritating. There were a lot of shops, mostly sellign gift items like T shirts and keyrings. I would have like to see a bit more of a balanced view on Elvis' life. The focus was on what a brilliant and generous man he was- and I'm sure many will agree. But he also had problems in his life which are not mentioned at all in the tour of Graceland.
We did not take the version of the Memphis tour which allowed us to go into Graceland. I like Elvis' singing, but I had no real desire to fight the mobs to go through the whole tour, so I just took some pictures from the bus.
My daughter did visit Graceland when she was driving through Memphis and she said it was quite interesting.
Graceland operations are open year round, seven days a week.
March - October
Monday - Saturday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday - Sunday: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
According to the website, the Graceland Mansion Tour is perfect for those who are looking for the Graceland experience but are on a tight schedule. The Graceland Mansion Tour includes an audio presentation and tour of Graceland Mansion and grounds only.
Graceland Mansion Tour
Seniors 62 and older and Youth/Students 13-18 or Students with College ID $19.80
Children 7-12 $9.00
Children 6 and Under Free
The Graceland Platinum Tour is more expensive. It includes includes an audio-guided tour of Graceland Mansion and grounds, along with self-guided tours of Elvis's two custom airplanes (photos 3 and 5), Elvis's Automobile Museum, the Sincerely Elvis Museum, and Elvis After Dark.
Children 7-12 $15.00
Free Walk-Up Times for Meditation Garden
There is a special period of time for free-admission walk-up visits to the Meditation Garden at Graceland, where the gravesites of Elvis and members of his family are located. Walk-up times are daily from 7:30 AM – 8:30 AM.
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Lots of fun if you like Elvis!
We are all big Elvis fans, so we really enjoyed this. There was just so much to see that I was totally Elvis'd out by the time we were done. So we didn't even go to the Elvis After Dark museum. If you love Elvis you will be in heaven, if you don't or just don't care you will probably be bored to death. But it is still a good opportunity to see history. And it's amazing what he did with his house. There is the sense of sadness that you get thinking about him and his life, and seeing his grave. Plus you can't help but wonder if anyone will even care about Graceland or Elvis anymore once that generation starts dying off...
Plan to spend at least 2 hours seeing everything. Definitely pay to see the museums and the airplanes, it's all very interesting. I read another post where someone commented that the part of town was bad and they were afraid to park their car. I didn't get that feeling at all, although it was rundown. But they have a special parking lot for Graceland that is cut off from the street. Be sure to bring $5 to pay for it though. Or you could try to park out by the Elvis After Dark museum, for free, and see if you can walk over there.
Elvis is the King and His Home is Graceland
Graceland is a dream house to visit. It is a huge house filled with incredible rooms decked out in a disco seventies fashion. Each room has a specific theme and color around it. There is also a room and hall filled with all of the Elvis' gold records. The house was donated by his daughter Pricilla as a museum shortly after her father died. This and the constant supply of fans making the pilgrimage to see the King's house has preserved this house since the late 1970's. It is a monument to architecture, interior design, and rock and roll.
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Graceland - Home of the King
A visit to Memphis would simply not be complete without a pilgrammage to the former home of the King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley. A Memphis native, Elvis purchased this home which was built in 1939 and originally named Graceland. Elvis liked the name so much he kept it after he moved in.
Park in the visitor's lot across the street and get tickets to one of three tours. From there you catch a shuttle bus that takes you across the street and drops you off right at the front door. You can purchase a very good audio tour which is helpful because the tours are not guided. There are staff in the rooms who are available to answer questions however. The rooms on the tour have been maintained as they were when Elvis lived there. Overall the rooms are not as garish or tacky as one may have built up in their mind over the years. They certainly weren't to me anyway! Also, the house is much smaller than one would expect considering the crazy-sized mansions a lot of celebrities build these days.
Of particular interest are the Trophy Room and the Racquetball Court which have been convetered to shrines to the King complete with framed gold records, movie memorabilila, video displays, and actual costumes the King wore in movies and during concerts. Lastly there is a visit to the graves of the King, his parents, and his grandmother on the other side of the smallish swimming pool.
Expect to spend 1.5 hours for the basic tour when going to Graceland. It is certainly worth the visit and definitely a must-see for anyone with an interest in rock and roll.
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