“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.
30 bucks to see a rich mans house that's been paid off for years? In the ghetto, mind you. No way.
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 😊
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.
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 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.
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.
I did not actually get to go in, but if you take Craft (the next street South of the entrance to the right) and then the first right after the gates of the Graceland property, the homes are a great snapshot of the time period. They are all private residences, but just a nice detour to drive through.
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