Graceland, the home of the “King Of Rock n’ Roll,” is a place almost any Elvis fan wants to visit. On August 16, 1977, Elvis Presley passed away when I was three. Obviously, at three, I had no clue that this happened, and I did not know the significance of his passing or the impact of his contributions to music. It was much later in life when I came to appreciate a legend that had already left the world I lived in.
I vividly remember his influence on my childhood. Elvis’s music blared at every event, from weddings to funerals. Later in my teen years, Elvis became a more prominent staple as my paternal father re-entered the picture. My father, a devoted fan, would play Elvis to the point that I could jump onto a stage and sing almost any hit without a teleprompter. And, for context, I am equally qualified to do a cover of anything, Queen!
So, I have a somewhat historical connection. I am sure similar to lots of other people of my era. Our parent’s hero’s eventually become ours. This hand-down of musical appreciation is something we all hold near and dear. It is symbolic of our childhoods and the comfort that we all associate with and grow to love.
If you add my upbringing to my obsession with mansions, history, and travel – visiting Graceland should be no surprise. Visiting Graceland has been on my bucket list for years. And the only reason I have not been before is logistics. Graceland is located in Memphis, Tennessee. And while I’ve been to Tennessee many times, this was my first visit to Memphis.
If you are not visiting Memphis, you can take a day tour like a VIP from Nashville. And this tour also includes entrance to Sun Studios!
Nashville to Memphis Daytrip with Graceland VIP Tour and Sun Studio Admission
Visit Elvis’s Graceland
Everyone has either “read or heard” that Graceland is not in the best area and that the actual mansion is small – I’m going to call bullshit on both.
- Graceland’s area is not precisely in the countryside, but it’s not in the ghetto or on the wrong side of town. Many districts within Memphis are improvised, the same as any city. What’s fascinating is that Graceland sits on 14 acres precisely as it did when the King lived there. It was never in the countryside – he rode his gocarts down Elvis Presley Blvd back then. The home video inside Graceland shows you that the smaller homes beside Graceland were there then and now. I chalk this all up to optics. In everyone’s imagination is a mansion in the middle of nowhere. It never was in the middle of nowhere, it’s not downtown, but it’s within the city limits.
- Mansion means “large dwelling house,” and “large” is subjective. Graceland is not sprawling like the Biltmore and is not a French Chateau. However, it is significant – quite large.
Elvis’s Graceland Mansion
When Did Elvis Buy Graceland?
Elvis purchased Graceland in 1957 for $102,500 – a steal. He was only twenty-two when he bought and chose the estate because he wanted a great place that offered privacy. Graceland is owned by his only daughter Lisa Marie Presley; however, in 2005, she sold 85% of Graceland Holdings LLC to CKX, Inc., an entertainment company.
Lisa Marie kept the Graceland Mansion and owned 100% of it. She holds most of Elvis’s possessions but makes them available for Graceland tours.
Elvis’s Fact File
Before we get inside of Elvis’s Graceland, here are some facts to acquaint you with the King of Rock and Roll:
- Elvis received his first guitar at eleven, a gift from his mother.
- In 1953 he made this first demo record at Sun Studios.
- “That’s All Right” was Presley’s first single in 1954.
- Elvis Presley had 149 songs appear on Billboard, and 18 went to number one.
- In 1958, Presley was drafted into the U.S. Army. He served for two years and was discharged on March 5, 1960.
- He received 14 Grammy nominations from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) and won three.
- To this day, Presley remains the best-selling solo artist ahead of Michael Jackson and Madonna! Sales estimates range from 600 million to 1 billion in sales.
- TCB is Elvis’s logo. TCB means “taking care of business,” The logo is displayed in a flash.” Elvis had TCB medallions and bracelets custom-made for himself and his crew.
- The King only played five concerts outside the U.S. All five were in Canada in 1957.
- Elvis was only married once to Priscilla Beaulieu; they had one child Lisa Marie Presley.
- His last concert was in June 1977, in Indianapolis, Indiana.
- On August 16, 1977, Elvis died at Graceland. He was only 42 years old.
What It Is Like To Visit Elvis’s Graceland
Once I got off the shuttle and landed in front of the main doors, I felt queasy, hot, and clammy. Then I felt emotional. I know this is ridiculous, and few will get this. I thought it was a bit much. And I am glad there was a group of us. Otherwise, I might have cried.
For me, there was something exceptionally overwhelming about even being at the front door. Maybe the years spent imagining that I would visit, the romantic connection to my youth. Who knows? I can tell you that it was a bit more than I bargained for. Fortunately, I had good cause to keep my composure!
So we enter, and boom. I am looking at and standing inside Elvis Presley’s home.
Can I tell you, speechless!
When you enter, you face the iconic staircase that any historian could peg, and instantly you can see the dining room to the left and the living room to the right. Where to look first?
Graceland’s Living Room
I decide to gawp in the living room first. As I took in the details, I immediately noticed how low the ceilings were. If I had to guess, they are ten feet high at best. The ceiling height diminishes the size of the actual rooms.
I notice the number of photographs of Elvis and his parents, a theme that continues throughout the tour.
Graceland’s Dining Room
Now I take in the dining room. Apparently, to this day, Pracilla and Liza-Marie dine here when in town. I started fantasizing about what it would be like to have dinner with them at their historic home. I also giggled a tad because, as sentimental as the dining room is, it’s not precisely appealing by today’s standards.
Having taken in the two receiving rooms, I wander down the hallway to Elvis’s parent’s suite. It’s on the first level, directly past the grand staircase. Oddly, this room is decorated timelessly. The style does not resemble anything close to the seventies – it’s regal. I am still scratching my head around how his parent’s quarters escaped the house’s overall style.
You can not explore or tour the upper level. Elvis’s bedroom is on the upper level, and this is where he passed away. Out of respect, the family keeps this section of the home closed. I understand this sentiment, yet selfishly I wish I could have gone upstairs even if the bedroom of rest is off-limits.
Returning from the parents living quarters, it’s time to explore the kitchen directly to the dining room’s right.
Holly seventies! If you ever confuse the eras, the kitchen will solidify that you are in a place of the seventies! The harvest gold refrigerator sets the stage and confirms your thinking.
Much bigger than you would expect, darker than the room can hold, and home to an eerie staircase up to the Kings’ quarters. I found humor in the stairs from the upper level to the kitchen. Comedy in that the main entrance stairs are a mere ten feet away, and the side staircase is not needed. It’s as if there needed to be a secret slip to the kitchen, a hidden staircase reserved for one.
Directly after the kitchen and before you explore the Jungle Room, you head downstairs. Let me start by saying I had no clue there was a level below the main level. And, it’s the same size as the upper level. So, bear this in mind to dispel some myths or opinions on size!
You immerse yourself into the holly seventies when you enter the lower level! I thought the first level was an overdose of time-relevant decor, but the journey was only taking off. Downstairs you have two rooms left to right, the same as the receiving rooms upstairs, only you enter downwards. To the left is the most over-the-top media room you will ever see.
Graceland’s Media Room
Suppose you can plant yourself in the seventies and appreciate this room’s forward-thinking. In that case, you’ll understand its significance today: three televisions, an oversized sectional couch, and a jukebox containing Elvis’s collection. Undeniable airline Esque decor is accompanied by a corner bar. And, to top it off, a mirrored ceiling! I found this room about as relaxing as diving with sharks. And, the decor made me quince.
This photo is unfiltered and unedited. The room is as yellow and tacky as you see, and there are no windows.
So why three televisions? Elvis came up with the idea after hearing that President Lyndon Johnson had three sets to keep up with all the foremost network newscasts simultaneously. A sports fan, the three side-by-side televisions enabled Elvis to watch various football games simultaneously.
The only thing he didn’t like about watching TV was Robert Goulet. Despite being musically inclined, Presley disliked the actor for reasons unknown to him. Before remote controls were invented, Presley found the fastest way to remove Goulet from the television was to shoot it with a pistol.
Gracelands Pool Room
A pool room (billiard room) is direct across from the media room, reminiscent of a bad trip.
I spent ten minutes trying to take in this room, the thought behind it, and how it fits into the rest of the home. Recall there was a bar in the media room that’s opposite? Bars are a feature in many rooms.
As I gazed at this room, I imagined my wildest nights. You know, the ones you do in your 20’s with no holds barred? I all but vomited. It’s a known fact that Elvis partied and took all kinds of prescription drugs that he believed harmless. I get it – but this pool room. Detailed as it is, it’s the most unfitting and distasteful room of the entire estate. And that’s saying something, considering I thought the media room was awful. I am still at a loss as I add the photo to this room.
It’s as if someone was high as a kite on acid, commissioned a lousy dose of artistry, and woke up to this unexplainable mess. The only thing is Elvis did not do hallucination drugs. Elvis either picked this decoration out, or someone else did. If someone else, I have to imagine they were “touched.”
Taking inspiration from an 18th-century billiards room in a painting. Bill Eubanks acted on the idea and purchased 350 yards of 100 percent cotton fabric from a local custom furniture store. It took ten days to bolt and pleated the material.
I can’t find one element of this room that I can appreciate artistically. Functionally I can’t imagine playing in here sober or otherwise. I can, however, imagine having a drink in this room and immediately needing to excuse myself.
Let’s leave the lower level and head to the infamous Jungle Room—perhaps the most well-known room in Graceland. I don’t know why for my life, and I’m not going to research this one for yah – it just is.
Graceland’s Jungle Room
You come up the stairs from the lower level. You view the Jungle Room through a corridor that ultimately leads to the outside to the right. The Jungle Room. Another head-scratcher for me but more in theme than the lower level. It’s the seventies and true to form. Shag rugs, stand-up ashtrays, dark greens, and burnt oranges galore. This room is not only what you expect but is as overdone as the photo’s display. Perhaps this is why this room is so famous.
Fortunately, this room is at the back of the house. If you were a guest, you could only make it to the Jungle Room if you passed through the kitchen.
So what’s in the Jungle Room, or what’s the big deal? Well, it’s massive. It takes up 3/4 of the backside of the house. You step down into it, right to the seventies style. It’s got a bar and a whole wall of the waterfall. Then there are the ornate wood-carved chairs that you can’t miss. The entire room is obscurely overdone and to excess. Most importantly, this room dramatically transforms from the front to the back. I can’t imagine Elvis’s parents chilling out or in the lower level.
Leaving the Jungle Room, it’s time to head outside and explore the other buildings’ pastures on the estate.
Outside Grounds of Graceland
As you leave the inside of the Graceland mansion, you will go outside. The first thing you will see is pastures that still have horses! You’ll then enter a racquetball court followed by a tour through The Trophy Building that tells the Presley family’s story.
The Iconic Graceland Pool
Elvis installed the kidney-shaped pool in 1957. It cost $8,400 and measures approximately 18 by 36 feet. People often say the pool is underwhelming. I disagree. Its size and location are fitting for the mansion. I also think the shape and style align with the rest of the estate.
Graceland Cemetery – The Meditation Garden and Final Resting Place
- Benjamin Keough – Grandson
- Gladys Presley – Mother
- Vernon Presley – Farther
- Minnie Mae Presley – Grandmother
Lisa Marie Presley, 54, died suddenly on January 12, 2023. I am so sorry for her loss. Peace be with you, beautiful one. Graceland held a memorial service on Sunday, January 22, at 9 am. She was laid to rest in the Meditation Garden.
The Elvis Planes You Will See When You Visit Graceland
Elvis was a huge fan of toys, in addition to his elaborate collection of cars and guns. Elvis Presley owned five planes, two of which are on display at Graceland.
In 1975, Elvis purchased a Convair 880 jet for $250,000 and named it Lisa Marie after his daughter. The plane’s exterior has the famous TCB – “taking care of business in a flash” – logo on the tail. He then spent $800,000 customizing the plane. Not an ordinary remodel by anyone’s standards! The Liza Marie jet has two half-baths, a lounge area, a conference room, a sitting room, and a master bedroom. Today, the decoration is questionable, but for the ’70s, it is a fit – more greens and gold.
The Lisa Marie went on display at Graceland in 1984.
And, as with all things Elivs, there must be some bling! Gold-plated belt buckles, 24-karat gold-flecked sinks, leather-topped tables, a state-of-the-art 8-track stereo system, and a phone system.
In addition to the Lisa Marie Jet, there is a 1960 Lockheed Jetstar, which Elvis named the Hound Dog II. This smaller aircraft was also customized by Elvis with a yellow and green interior and displayed at Graceland.
Elvis Presley Complex
Once you have finished touring Graceland, you will take the shuttle bus to the main complex with several exhibits. There is the Presley Motors Automobile Museum, which includes a car museum called “Presley Motors.” It is here that you understand just how much Elvis enjoyed toys. The motor collection includes everything from Cadillacs, golf carts, boats, and tractors! I enjoyed this part of the tour. I never knew his collection was this extensive. And I still wonder where in the world did he store all these vehicles?
Then the Elvis The Entertainer Career Museum. In this exhibit, you will follow his fantastic career. Most importantly, you can view his collection of gold and platinum records, stunning jumpsuits, and other clothing.
Note: You will need at least a couple of hours to view of of the memorabilia on display.
Where To Stay Near Graceland
Graceland has a hotel across the street called The Guest House at Graceland. And, there are plenty of other options in the area:
Events At Graceland
Throughout the year, Graceland hosts all kinds of events. The most popular is the annual event Elvis Week.
During Elvis Week 2022, Graceland will welcome fans worldwide to Memphis as we mark the 45th anniversary of Elvis’ passing and honor the man, the star, the icon – the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll!
Elvis Week 2022 will offer an impressive line-up of concerts, conversations, tributes, and more. 2022 highlights include the August 16 Elvis Presley in Concert featuring Elvis on the big screen backed by a live band; All the King’s Men, showcasing those who shared the studio and stage with Elvis; The Gospel Music of Elvis Presley Dinner Show, where fans can enjoy Elvis’ gospel favorites; the annual Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest and performances by many of EPE’s past Ultimate winners; and the cornerstone event of the week, the annual Candlelight Vigil on August 15 where fans gather in quiet remembrance of the king.
Things I Bet You Do Not Know About Elvis Presley and Graceland
Elvis Had A Pet Chimpanzee Called Scatter
There is an old horse barn on Graceland’s grounds. Scatter, Presley’s chimpanzee, was the most unusual pet on the estate. Most accounts describe the King’s pet as a royal pain. In addition to pulling down women’s skirts, the simian let out an ear-splitting “Woooo!” Despite Scatter’s ill behavior, Presley dressed him in elaborate costumes. Scatter was always in the car’s front seat when we drove around Memphis. It appeared that Presley was driving the car when he ducked down at traffic lights. At some point, Scatter’s mischief became too much even for Presley, and he was forced to live in a climate-controlled room.
How Did Graceland Get Its Name?
Upon purchasing Graceland’s estate on March 19, 22-year-old Elvis Presley sought a rural retreat away from the pressures of fame and wild fans. It was already known by its famous name when Elvis acquired the property. Designed in the Colonial Revival style, it was built in 1939 by Thomas Moore and Ruth Toof, whose father owned the land previously used as a farm.
Elvis Was Extremely Particular About Food (And groceries)
We all know he loved peanut butter, banana, and bacon sandwiches. However, he had other peculiar tastes. In true Elvis style, he demanded that all his fancies were kept well stocked at Graceland.
Here are some of the items that were consistently on hand:
- Bacon (lots of bacon…)
- Cans of biscuits
- Fudge cookies
- Ice cream, vanilla, and chocolate
- Ingredients for meatloaf
- Orange drink
- Peanut Butter
- Shredded coconut
- Wieners, aka banana pudding
Many claim that the king would go through a case of both Pepsi and orange drinks in a week.
If he needed anything, a buzzer was installed in the kitchen under his place at the table.
FAQs About Graceland
Is Graceland worth visiting?
If you are interested in musical history or are an Elvis fan, then Graceland should be on your bucket list!
How much does it cost to visit Graceland?
Tickets cost $77 for adults and $44 for children aged 4-10.
How long does it take to tour Graceland?
The tour of the house takes about an hour and a half. But the amount of time you’ll spend at Graceland depends on how much time you’ll spend in the Elvis Presley Complex, which is vast. Realistically, if you plan to see it all, you need at least four hours, if not more.
Can you visit Graceland for free?
There is a special period for free-admission walk-up visits to the Meditation Garden at Graceland, where the gravesites of Elvis and his family are located. Visitor walk-up times are daily from 7:30 a.m. – to 8:30 a.m. All guests must enter the gates by 8:30 a.m. to walk up, and guests must leave the mansion grounds before Graceland tours start. There are no walk-ups on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
Who just bought Graceland?
Lisa Marie Presley retains 100% sole personal ownership of Graceland Mansion, its over 13-acre original grounds, and her father’s personal effects. She has made the mansion property and her father’s personal effects permanently available for tours. Lisa Marie Presley sold the bulk of the Elvis estate, including rights to her father’s name and image, in a deal worth approximately $100 to businessman Robert F.X.Dec 16, 2004.
Why are you not allowed upstairs in Graceland?
Sadly, Elvis died upstairs, so visitors are not allowed to visit the upper level of the house out of respect for the family.
Elvis’s Musical Achievements
Elvis has had no less than 149 songs appear on Billboard’s Hot 100 Pop Chart in America. Of these, 114 were in the top forty, 40 were in the top 10, and 18 went to number one. His number one singles spent a total of 80 weeks at number one.
- Elvis has had over 150 albums and singles certified gold, platinum, and multi-platinum.
- Elvis still holds the record for Most Top 40 hits at 114 total.
We spent almost a whole day at Graceland. There is so much to take in. It is overwhelming; however, it is well worth your time. Despite the decorative tastes of the times, Graceland is magical and then some. I left feeling that I understood Elvis as a human rather than a famous performer. And I learned more about his fantastic journey than I expected.
Even if you are not an Elvis fan, Graceland was named to the American National Register of Historic Places in 1991. Drawing in over 600,000 visitors a year, Graceland is for anyone that appreciates history or music.
Lastly, one visit to Graceland is not enough for me, knowing I will return.
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I went this past April for my birthday. It was a present to myself! As you Nikki I was 3 when Elvis passed away and from what I remember I was always in awe and still am of the King! I think even more so after my visit. It was an amazing time and more awesome to say I went! Definitely a most do! I will most definitely be back!
So glad you went:) Isn’t it funny how we inherit many of our parent’s love? I totally agree, he is the King and I like you am still in awe :) Nikki
I have been there twice. The last time I was there, I remember them saying that the upstairs was off limits because when Elvis was alive it was off limits to visitors. Only family was allowed upstairs. Because of this it will never be opened to the public as long as Lisa has a say( they said). The day I was there Tom Petty was also there. Just showed how much of a influence he had.
Wow, Tom Petty was there as well? You are spot-on, it shows the influence he had and still does to this day. Nikki
My wife and I seen ELVIS 4 times 1st time in Louisville Kentucky we drove there from Albany ny. It was worth every mile
Hi Jack – WOW!! So jealous….. how fabulous is that :) And I bet it was worth the miles and then some. Nikki
I have never been would love to go
Chris, you’ll love it:) Try to get there if you can… I wish I went sooner and can’t wait to go back :)
Well I’ve been to Graceland once and it was quiet an experience and I enjoyed it. I actually carried my mom through the jungle room because she was so sick with cancer at the time but she wanted all of us kids to see Graceland as a memory before she passed and we made that wish come true. I never got to see him in concert or in person but would have loved too. When I was in the service between 1973 & 1976 I was given tickets for a Christmas gift to see him in concert at the Pontiac Silverdome New Year’s Eve but was unable to go because my first Sargent would not authorize me any leave time for both holidays ( Christmas and NewYear’s Eve). But my mom got to see him in person before he ever became famous. She lived at lauderdale courts and he use to come over and sing religious songs to her now and then. She did work with Elvis’s mom Gladys at a sewing factory at the time. Elvis also worked as an usher at the theater and ushered my mom and her date into the show one time. But most of all I do enjoy the mans music because I listen to it daily and every once in a while I sing a few of his tunes during my karaoke experience’s and if I do say I’m not too bad myself ….
What a wonderful experience. My mom passed from cancer so really respect you carrying your mom through the jungle room. What a wonderful man you must be to honor your mom’s wishes. I too never got to see him perform, and I would cut my right arm off to see him if it were possible. I am glad your mom got to see him perform – and she got ushered by him – WOW!!!!! What stories you must have:) Thank you for sharing…. Nikki
I have been to Graceland 11 times. I’m only 34 and I appreciate all music from the 50’s 60’s and the 70’s. But my number 1 favorite artist is and will always be Elvis. I used to be a professional impersonator. But anyways I feel a presence everytime I’ve entered the front door. I even have dreamed multiple times about living there. I’ve been all over the USA; but Graceland is the most magnificent place I’ve ever visited. I live only 3 hours away in Arkansas. There has never been and will never be anyone better than Elvis Aron Presley.
I am so jealous – 11 times wow! And, I love that you appreciate this music at such a young age. You’ll have to share some videos or photos of you impersonating – I’d love to see that:) I 100% agree, there will never be another. Nikki
I was disappointed in your article. You are obviously not an Elvis fan. I had the privilege of being an Elvis fan. I saw him 10 times in person. On January 30, 1974, I kissed Elvis at a concert in Las Vegas.
What a pointless and ridiculous comment. I never got to see him because he was long gone before I had the chance. Now, had you read the article that would have been apparent.
Troll on…. Nikki
A couple of years ago i had the privelege of visiting Graceland and i did get emotional and took every picture that i could to share. with my family and friends! The love of my life and I at the time rode on a motorcycle from Kansas City and i enjoyed the trip except for the long ride on a bike! When we arrived in Memphis the first place we visited was The visitor Center which is a great place to start when arriving .They have some souvinars and helped with maps and was full of knowledge about Memphis. I would love to visit Memphis and Elvis”s mansion someday. I enjoyed it and gave been a fan since i was very young! Thank you
Welcome! Yes, if you are a fan, it’s a very emotional journey for sure. It hit me a bit harder than I expected – so tissues are required! Wow, you rode there on a motorcycle from Kansas – how romantic xxx I hope you get to visit again, and thanks for stopping by. Nikki
Elvis was the first white man to sing black “devil” music…Rock-n-Roll. He sped-up the tempo & got all shook up mimicking having sex while on stage, “Elvis the Pelvis”. Then The Beatles added screaming.
We will never see another celebrity as generous as Elvis. He was a gift-giving saint to many. He was lucky to have had 42 years with us. Like a kid eating M&M candies, he ate powerful ‘script meds that have all been long discontinued in the U.S.. It was his horrible manager, Parker, who introduced Elvis to ‘script drugs.
I remember watching his last TV Special June 1977. He comes out on stage and my mother blurts-out, “He’s Fat!”…That show should have never been aired, it reeked of a star who’d fallen off his throne.
Why haven’t I visited Graceland? I’d probably lose-it and be asked to leave.
Yes, he was the first to sing black music and the Beatles sure did start the screaming trend. I still laugh at how his dancing was considered overtly sexual considering what’s on TV today! Yes, I’ve read his manager introduced him to prescription drugs, seems this is a common trend even to this day. Your mom’s comment made me laugh, he was fat at the end and I agree they should not have let him perform at his worst. Go visit and “lose-it” – you won’t be the first or last. Nikki
Elvis will always live on
Yes, he will!
Thank you for your inspiring report, pictures, comments ! I am 75! Fell in love with first boyfriend, first date at Blue Hawaii show jr in high school! I sang all my life ! His songs were so wonderful! I felt many , most ballads were. For his love for Pricilla! He so loved her, even after divorce! She knew! But hmm Ann Margaret! I. Wonder! His home was wonderful! I think it is a great blessing to be able to pray at his grave and place flowers! Very hard to lose him! His addiction killed him and he was stubborn without his mom! Wish he had gotten a better doctor for help , he was physically ill ! So sad! I will always love him, his music and family! So sad about grandson ! Love Pricilla and her family so much! Just feel I kinow them in spirit! Thank them for keeping this place for all of us and them! Love. carol May. Hope I can go there someday soon! I wish! Money is a problem now retired and health!
Welcome and lovely to meet you. My mum was called Carol:) Yes, he loved Pricilla despite their challenges. Seeing his grave is really sad, it moves you. I do hope you get to visit – I really do, you would love it. Nikki
I enjoyed this article very much it showed the same pictures but went into much more detail to. each room than most writers have done in the past it explained the true likes and dislikes and at the end the best of songs that this person liked believe me my list is a lot longer than that but that’s cool I’m a 70’s person and I like the colors grew up with them but saying that it’s what it is! Thanks for this am looking forward to more! Oh about the meditation garden it is beautiful but I don’t know if I could let such a personal and privet place open to the public that in my opinion would be for mike and family to go and think and neditate not public well thank you …Collette Cheyney
Collette, I am thrilled that you enjoyed it:) I think if I was an adult in the 70’s I would appreciate the colors more as well. And, I agree with you on the mediation garden. I don’t think I would ok with my loved one’s grave on display like this. Nikki
Hello my Melinda ,age 14 hear they Elvis passway thank I was at home ,crying well said they did remember watching this concert the 15th 1977 on TV channel 5 I remember her making a scrapbook I could clips of paper newspaper I never hear that we celebrate his tail pictures of Elvis Presley so I got three scrapbooks magazine books CDs Elvis‘s candle soup, and astronomer Elvis Presley ceramic head and I Elvis Presley‘s camera original one .so sorry Lisa son taking his life,my heart go out her, children, other Priscilla Presley you’re a fan MELINDA
I’m with you….. life long fan:) And I love that you scrapbooked all the photos! Nikki
Hi my name is Elizabeth I’m true fan of Elvis I was 10 yrs old when he died that’s when I became a fan at an early age now I’m 50 yrs old Im still a fan of his music and movies I hope to one day visit Graceland
You and I are close in age so similar experience:) His music was a staple part of my youth and something that never left me. I hope you get to visit, it’s magical xxxxx Nikki
Forgot the best. I worked for Pan Am for 31 years so I could fly to CA then to Vegas when Elvis performed there. at least 10 times. Once sat by the stage & he bent down to kiss my girlfriend. As he started to leave, grabbed him and kissed his cheek. Funny part is a co worker was in the balcony & recognized me. That was the talk in the office for awhile.
Also saw Elvis at MSG in NYC 3 of the 4 concerts he performed there.
Had tickets for Nassau Coleseum in Long Island NY for the week after he died. Imagine $15.00. Still have it & so much more.
Just a thought. I am 77 now and am perfectly fine. Would like to start selling some of my memorbilia before it ends in a dumpster. If anyone is interested? I don’t want Ebay etc.
Dang Barbara, I am beyond jealous…….. A career with Pam Am and flying all over. And, during this era. And you were up close and personal and got a kiss in? Then the concerts in NYC…………… I am speechless. Message me, I can help you sell the gear you want – you can do it on Amazon or direct :) Nikki
Hi I would love to purchase some of your memorabilia.
I was a teenager and grew up with Elvis music. Rush home from school to turn on the radio, to hear his songs. We would send song requests to WHBQ radio. Although, I live here, have not been to Graceland. Seems an invasion of his privacy. I have replica of Graceland out where I can see it. When I walked in to our 50th class reunion, Elvis was singing. Those years we will never forget, because we were part of it. My favorite song “Don’t Be Cuel”. I will always remember the first time I heard it. Rest in peace Elvis, your music lives on. Saw him in concert twice and still have tickets to the concert in Memphis, he didn’t get to have . A forever, Linda
OMG, you got to see him twice – lucky you:) I understand what you mean about the privacy but you can only view the downstairs. Nothing upstairs at all in honor of his privacy. I think you’d enjoy it. Even if you did not go to the house the complex on-site has an amazing collection that will take you hours to get through. Nikki
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Have been to Grassland and would love to ho back at least ever other day. Elvis is the one and only entertainer that can make you believe
He is singing to only. He is, was, and always be the very best and will never, ever be replaced. He is and will always be in my heart. He is a very special person. Keep safe my friend, you WILL ALWAYS BE LOVED AND CHERISHED!
I totally agree that it felt like he was singing just to you:) I hope you get to visit again… Nikki
I have visited Graceland 8 times, and the more I go, the more I love it. I had the pleasure of seeing him perform 4 times live. And I wish he was still with us so I could see him many more times. I also did the Elvis Memphis tour that took me Humus High, his home on Audubon Dr, Sun studio, Iverton Park Shell and some of the restaurants that he went to.
As you can probably figure I’m a real fan and sometimes I just can’t get enough Elvis.
Hi Grace, someone else Ron was just telling me about Audubon Dr. I guess I need to go back and see a bit more:) Wow, eight times – good for you. I’ve only been once but I know I will return. I don’t think it will ever get old for me. And, WOW you saw him four times? That has to have been fantastic. I would cut off a finger to go back in time and experience an Elvis concert. Like you, I can’t get enough Elvis! I just wish that he did not pass so young so that I too could have seen him :) The last one for you, do you still get the chills when you visit Graceland? I nearly cried but I held it together. I wonder if when I visit again I will have the same butterflies. Nikki
I’ve been there around 12 times and I love it. I’m a huge fan of elvis and have been since the beginning. I would like to go again but the new hotel is so overpriced. The heartbreak hotel was do much better. You could feel elvis there. The new one is cold. Not any of elvis pictures displayed. It’s all about the money. Too bad cause it’s such a great place to see everything elvis.
Wow, 12 times I am impressed but I get it – I want to go back:) I’m glad you told me about the pricing of the new hotel. I didn’t even check the price because we stayed downtown. And, I’m curious now I need to see it for myself so thanks for the info… Nikki
Would love to go & I plan on it !! Elvis died when I was 8 yrs old. A classmates Mother locked herself in her bathroom for three days when he died. I thought she was nuts. I never got into Elvis music until I was going thru my divorce. I was flipping channels and “Aloha from Hawaii” was on. I thought what the hell is this? I watched it. And at 43 yrs old became a fan. Started playing guitar!! Me? Yes this man was fantastic!! His vocal range, charisma,stage presence. There’s the Beatles,Jackson, and so many other greats. But noone, as of 2021 anyway can touch Elvis Presley noone comes close. Singing was a hobby,drugs were his job. Imagine if he never got addicted? My goodness!!!!
Yes, you must go:) How funny that you thought she was nuts (at the time)lol….. And what a story of how you got into him – love it!! Nikki
PS I agree, no one comes close…
Hi , just wanted to say I liked your article. For many years I’ve also wanted to visit Graceland, finally in 2018 during Elvis week was my first visit! Long overdue! I have been an Elvis fan since five years old he passed away when I was 11 I have been collecting Elvis memorabilia all my life my home has now turned into an Elvis shrine with over 5,000 items covering from wall to wall. But as you had mentioned there are so many other places that you must visit. I also included a tour at SUN Studios. I visited Humes high school. Lauderdale courts. His first home on autobahn Drive. Also spent the day in Tupelo Mississippi visiting his birthplace the hardware store where he got his first guitar. And the fairgrounds. And even though you can’t go in , the circle G Ranch just to see what was there. And lastly of course spending the day on Beale Street and going to Lansky‘s clothing. There was just so much to do and see and learn about Elvis Presley. I highly recommend everyone to do the same !
Thank you! Same for me only made it last year:) I’ve heard about visiting his birthplace in Tupelo Mississippi and the hardware store where he got his first guitar. I wish would have had time to go as well. We did do Beale Street. I will have to look at autobahn Drive, I’ve not heard of this one before. Wow, 5,000 items in your collection – that’s impressive. I totally agree, there is a ton to see way more than just Graceland. Isn’t it funny how Elvis captured the heart of many of us while we were still children? He really is a legend and there will never be another. I’m curious about your collection… you must share some pictures:) Nikki
DId the same touring as you.
At the Circle G there is a monument off the road. I walked to it for photos hoping there were no snakes in the thick grass.
At Lauderdale courts I went into the front door to take a photo of the apt. door.
Also Loews theater where he worked.
Drove to Tupelo . Dragged my mom all over that week. She was a trooper.
I need to do Toledo… lots of people have been telling me the same thing :) Nikki
Not Toledo TUPELO
You are right – thanks for the catch :) I’m updating it now…
As like you I was born to late to fully appreciate the Elvis phenomenon as it was happening but through my mother’s love of his music it didn’t take me long to be bitten by the Presley bug. To visit Graceland (along with other iconic places) is a dream I hope to fulfill in the next few years. Loved reading your graceland blog.. Thank you 😊
Really glad you enjoyed it and I really hope you get the chance to visit Graceland. I still can’t believe it took me twenty five years here in the States to go. The Pandemic forced my hand as we can’t travel outside of the states. I figured time to get to some of the things in the States that are on my bucket list. You will be overwhelmed with childhood memories and joy if you visit. I know it sounds really silly, some of my friends have had a good laugh at my expense but hey ho…. You have to have grown up in a house that loved Elvis to “get it”. Nikki
Hi Paul – one more.. not sure if you saw it or not but if you do go to Memphis you must also check out Sun Studio – this is where Elvis first recorded :)
Also have visited Graceland, I had wanted to visited for years, could not believe I was there at last. I was in awe of the place. I loved Elvis, he died far to soon. The Wonder of You is my favourite. Would love to go back.
I am so glad you got to visit. I waited too long to go and I’m with you – there is a certain feeling you get when you walk in that I found really overwhelming. I too adored Elvis and I wish he was still here with us. I like The Wonder of You as well :) Nikki
Elvis fan for60 years.
Been to Graceland twice & will go again.
One of the times booked it 2 days in a row. Once to take photos the 2nf time to just enjoy.
You nailed your tour. Just as I remembered.
Of course, like all of us, wanted to see the upstairs. Can you imagine the bookings if it were finally opened.
Yes! 60 Years is brilliant… his memory will never die:) I’ve only been once but it won’t be my last time. I want to go at Christmas now….. OMG, you are so on point. If they opened up the upstairs the number of visitors would triple overnight. I am glad I nailed it for you, I try to tell the story of what I see with the emotion it creates. Nikki
I am 71 years old. I remember standing in a long line 3-4 hours waiting to see his movie. Girls fainting and crying just to see him in any way we could. I really wish I could see Graceland. Those are the memories I have of him. If only.
Oh how I wish I had the chance to see him perform or even experience his films at the box office. I too hope that you get to visit Graceland, especially now that COVID is “calming down” a little. Nikki
Coming from the UK can only afford 1 visit. Always a fan of the music, this trip is still the highlight of all my travels and I am now 78. My 11 year old son And I sat on our settee and cried holding each other the day it was announced he had died
I’ve been living in the states for 25 years and only just went. I love Elvis and his music as well. Aww, I can imagine crying. I was too little only three but I would have been crying at 11 – such a loss. Hopefully, you will get a chance to visit again. They have added tons of new exhibitions:) Nikki