Graceland is a 13.8-acre (5.6 ha) estate on a mansion located in Memphis, Tennessee, United States, that was once owned by the singer and actor Elvis Aaron Presley. His daughter, Lisa Marie Presley, is the owner of Graceland since he passed away. It was then opened to the public as a museum on June 7, 1982. The site was listed in the National Register of Historic Places on November 7, 1991, and then declared as a National Historic Landmark on March 27, 2006. Until now, Graceland is still the second most-visited house in the U.S. after the White House, with over than 650,000 visitors a year.
Graceland, the Home of Elvis Presley
1. The Graceland Mansion
The Graceland estate is named for the aunt of Ruth Brown Moore, who inherited the land after her aunt's death and then had a mansion built on the property in 1939. The self-guided audio tour of the Graceland mansion, narrated by Lisa Marie Presley, allows visitors to see the interior of Presley's home, including the dining room, living room, kitchen and music room. The tour includes a stop by at the Jungle Room, which features jungle-style decor and a waterfall. Presley's Grammy awards, numerous gold records, movie posters, and also his wedding tuxedo and Priscilla Presley's wedding dress are among the memorabilia on display in the Trophy Room. The tour concludes at the Meditation Garden, which Elvis Presley had built as a place of meditation and now is becoming the burial site of Presley, his parents and his grandmother. Only the second floor of the mansion where Presley's bedroom is located is not open to visitors.
2. Elvis Presley Car Museum
This museum is dedicated to the display of 33 of Presley's favorite vehicles. It is located on the south side of Graceland. Among the cars on display, there are his famous pink Cadillac, a 1975 Ferrari Dino and the red MG convertible those he drove in the 1961 movie, 'Blue Hawaii'. The visitors also can see Presley's Harley-Davidson motorcycles, his Rolls Royce sedans, a Mercedes-Benz limousine and a John Deere 4010 tractor, which Presley used on his Memphis ranch and at Graceland. There is also Priscilla Presley's white Mercedes sports car, which she donated to the museum, can be seen on display.
3. Elvis Presley's Custom Jets
Two of Elvis Presley's custom jets, the Lisa Marie and the Hound Dog II, are available on display in west of the Graceland mansion. Visitors can also tour the Lisa Marie, a renovated Convair 880 that Presley purchased from Delta Air Lines. Presley had the interior of the former commercial airliner custom designed to include partitioned rooms such as a lounge, a bedroom that is big enough for a queen-size bed, a bathroom with 24-karat gold sinks, a conference room with leather chairs and also offices for both Presley and his secretary. The living room, that is completed with televisions and videotape players, furnished with suede sofas and gaming tables covered in leather.
4. Sincerely Elvis
Sincerely Elvis is an exhibit featuring thousands of pieces of memorabilia taken from Elvis Presley's career and life. The theme changes every year to highlight different periods of his life or aspects of his career, such as 'Elvis in Hollywood'. It has numerous photographs and personal effects, such as Presley's riding saddles, karate and football equipment, private record collection and the contents of his bedroom dresser drawers. Also visitors can see a display of several of Presley's stage outfits, including his signature white jumpsuits, and a separate display is dedicated to portraits and other gifts that Presley received from fans.
5. Stay at The Guest House at Graceland
Located just a few steps from the gates of Graceland Mansion, The Guest House at Graceland is inspired by the same warm Southern hospitality that Elvis Presley always showed his guests. It is recognized as one of the top hotels in Memphis, every aspect of this new hotel reflects Elvis' personal style and the unique character of Graceland. Visitors may enjoy royal treatment from the helpful staff and world-class amenities that would make the King of Rock 'n' Roll proud. The Guest House is the perfect place to stay when enjoying Graceland and everything that Memphis has to offer.
Graceland's new entertainment complex, Elvis Presley's Memphis, has lots of specialty Elvis gift shops that are offering all your need to remember your trip to Graceland and make sure you have some Elvis related gifts to take home with you. Visitors will find T-shirts, mugs, hoodies, tumblers, magnets and more celebrating Elvis' music, Gold Records and iconic performances to show off your love for the king.
How to Get Tickets?
Save the time by purchasing your tickets online. Reservations are not required but recommended.
How To Get Around?
There is a free shuttle operated by Sun Studio that has stops at Graceland, Sun Studio and the Rock 'n' Soul Museum.
What Should I Wear?
Wear comfortable clothes. Cameras are allowed, but not flash photography. Visitors cannot take pictures inside the mansion or inside any gift shops or attractions.
Best Time to Visit
Come after 2.00 PM is best, because Graceland is typically less crowded at afternoon.
Will I Need a Guide?
There are two VIP tours programs that allow you to return to the mansion as many times as you want on your tour day. A self guided tour would be enough, but if you are a big fan, its better go for the personally guided tour if it is possible.
How To Get There?
There is Memphis car rental agencies that offer special discounts to Elvis fans, Amtrak train service, connecting and non-stop domestic and international flights to Memphis, and you may also take an affordable bus that hourly stops at 10 popular attractions in Memphis, Tennessee.
Tips For Money-Saving: First of all, make sure to order your tickets in advance. Although there is a small fee, online reservations could save you from long waits. The big Elvis fans will come here especially just for Graceland, but for most people the half-day adventure is at best. You may look at some of the other attractions in the area and make your trip to the city memorable. One good stop is to visit Sun Records, where Elvis cut his first demo record. According to the legend, they asked Elvis which artist he sounded like, and his answer was 'I don't sound like nobody'. Soon, they discovered a new sound that swept the nation at Sun studio at 706 Union Avenue.Admission is $12 for adults, and free for ages 5 - 11.