Graceland is always busy with visitors and the mediation garden where Elvis is buried is a must see but is never quiet whilst the tours are on.
Unique Suggestions: You are allowed to take a camera with you, but no video cameras.
Fun Alternatives: Graceland open the gates at 7am until 8am every morning. You are allowed to walk up to the house to the mediation garden. A wonderful peaceful time to sit and reflect. I have done this numerous times and have had the place to myself.
Graceland was the most overated, overpriced experience I have ever had. There was nothing else there. Well, you can go on his plane, or eat at the restaurant he used to eat at, or pay a huge sum of money to go into his museum.
I was sorely disappointed and will never go there again.
This of course was Elvis's home. I feel its a big tourist trap. You didnt get to see very much of the house. :( But I did like the den/jungle room but not the green shag carpet.
BTW if you go and bring a camera, make sure you can turn the flash off or you wont get to take any pics inside the house!!! (thats what happened to us)
Unless you are a GIANT Elvis fan, dont bother wasting the 19.50( aprox.) per person for the Graceland tour by tape. It is too long, too maudlin, too CHEESEY. You will do better to just drive by the house, say ' OOO ! Ahhhh!!' and be done with it. If you must have a picture, park your car, and walk across the street and take a photo of you the kids or the wife with the house in the background.
Look, I have to say it......... Graceland is a tourist trap. I feel much better now. While it is vaguely moving to see Elvis' tomb (see picture of said tomb), the sheer gobs of cheesy souvenirs around it make the entire experience feel shabby and commercialized.