Named the World’s Best Music Attraction in USA Today’s Readers’ Choice Awards and the one of the most-visited homes in the United States, Elvis Presley’s Graceland has welcomed nearly 20 million visitors since opening its doors in 1982. Visitors to Memphis, Tennessee, won’t want to miss this cultural landmark where they can explore the life and career of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll on the most intimate level.
A refuge for the great star, Elvis Presley’s Graceland was both a home to Elvis and a mecca to his fans. The home is nestled on a nearly fourteen-acre estate, and its rooms and grounds are open for visitors. Wander through Elvis’ history and home life as you view his private rooms and listen to stories told by his daughter, Lisa Marie, on an iPad tour (with a youth version now available). Check out the trophy building with the singer’s gold and platinum records and other memorabilia. Feast your eyes on his collection of cars and motorcycles, including the famous 1955 pink Cadillac. Peruse the king’s many awards in the racquetball building, and pay your respects in the beautiful Meditation Garden, where Elvis and his family members have been laid to rest.
A devoted fan might want to spend a night at Heartbreak Hotel, one of the area’s most popular and beloved places to stay. The hotel reflects the king’s personal style and invites you to live a little like him for a night or two. Featuring 128 rooms, it is located just across the street from Graceland. The rooms and suites have black-and-white photographs of Elvis and 1950’s style blond-wood furnishings; special Elvis-themed suites, like the Hollywood and Graceland Suites, are available for those looking to truly immerse themselves.
Guests can now take it even further with The Guest House at Graceland, a new hotel opening in late October 2016. Meant to mimic the southern hospitality a guest at Graceland might experience, the 450-room resort will feature spacious rooms, two restaurants, meeting and events spaces, a pool, theater, and more. Find out about the red carpet celebration on opening weekend here.
Hunka Hunka Burning Love
Elvis Week is a huge festival which takes place in August. There are special panels with Elvis’s friends, live music, movies, the annual Candlelight Vigil and more. A schedule of Elvis Week 2016 dates will be posted soon at Graceland.com. Want to always be up-to-date and in-the-know? Download the Elvis Week app.
Sing You Children
The Boy and Girl Scouts in your life are welcome year round, of course, but should pay special attention to Scouts Rock at Graceland. This annual event allows Scouts to earn achievements toward ranks or merit badge requirements in the following:
- Service Opportunities
- American Heritage
Scouts Rock at Graceland will take place on April 2, 2016. For more information or to register, visit http://www.graceland.com/events/scoutday.aspx.
There is also Home School Day featuring special tickets for students to get a mansion tour, car museum tour, visit 3 exhibits, plus special Home School Day events. To attend this year’s event on April 29, click here.
Love Me Tender
It’s impossible to visit Graceland without taking home a souvenir, and there are plenty of keepsakes to choose from. Check out Elvis Threads with its variety of Elvis-themed clothing, or Good Rockin’ Tonight, your destination for CD’s, DVD’S, and exclusive releases. The Gallery Elvis has collectibles and art pieces, and the Heartbreak Hotel Gift Shop is a great place to browse if you are staying at the hotel. Or, if you aren’t able to visit, select your perfect souvenir online where you will find more collectibles, Elvis-themed toys and memorabilia, holiday gifts, wall art, photographs, and much more.
You can never have too much Elvis, and Elvis Presley’s Graceland is a must-see for Elvis fans, music lovers, history buffs, and everyone in between. Head to Graceland.com to start planning your trip today!
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