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Graceland is the home that Elvis bought at a young age early in his fame. It's interesting to see it, and take in the quirky decor.
At first it feels like a tourist trap nightmare, as you arrive at a visitor center packed with people and wait in line. Then you are required to get photographed and take a bus to the house, which is only across the street. Once at the house, though, it's just you and your ipad tour guide and you can walk around and enjoy the rooms and exhibits. It's quite relaxing. The tour is well done, with clips of music, but there isn't enough valuable information. You don't really learn anything new about Elvis or his family, and the information is definitely kept politically correct. I would have liked to have learned and been inspired by fascinating stories, like I did on the Sun Studio tour.
Behind the Southern-style house made of stone and elegant white columns is a paddock with horses, and a building filled to the brim with awards that Elvis won. There are marketing posters from the movies he made, and mannequins displaying his costumes. Clips from the movies play on TV screens. There is a room Elvis created with couches and arcade games.
At the end you walk around the meditation garden, where Elvis is buried. He had been buried in a cemetery but someone tried to steal his body so the family had his body moved to the property. It is sad to walk around the gravestones of him and his family members.
My daughter, who is seven, got bored halfway through the tour.
Head over to Beale Street in the evening for some live music!
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Graceland is located at 3734 Elvis Presley Blvd, Memphis TN 38116, call (901) 332-3322. You pay to park.
Usually open Mon-Sat 9-5, Sun 9-4. You buy your tickets half an hour before, so you can arrive at 8:30am to buy your tickets with the least crowds. Hours vary throughout the year so call or check their website.
Tickets are expensive: $36 for adults, $32 for seniors aged 62 and up, $32 for students aged 13 and up, $16 for children aged 7-12, and free for children aged 6 and under. 10% off for military, firefighters, and AAA members.
This is an interactive map, you can zoom and move it.
Overall Visitor Rating: Unrated.