Graceland in Memphis,Tennessee
Walk in the footsteps of the King of Rock'n'Roll at Elvis Presley's Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee. Elvis' life story started in Tupelo, Mississippi but at Graceland you will go on an exciting journey that takes you through Elvis' humble beginnings and his rise to superstardom!
When you step inside of Elvis’ Graceland Mansion, you will enjoy an audio-guided tour featuring commentary and stories by Elvis and his daughter, Lisa Marie. Inside Graceland Mansion, see Elvis’ living room, dining room, kitchen, TV room, pool room and the famous jungle room. Also, while on the mansion grounds, tour Elvis’ father’s office, the racquetball building and Elvis’ trophy building, which includes his enormous collection of gold and platinum awards, movie memorabilia, stagewear and more. The mansion portion of the tour ends with a quiet visit to Meditation Garden, where Elvis and his family members have been laid to rest. The Graceland audio tour is available in English, Spanish, German, Italian, French, Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, Portuguese and Dutch.
After you tour Graceland Mansion, visit the Elvis Presley Automobile Museum. Stroll down a tree-lined street with a drive-in theatre and see over 33 vehicles owned by Elvis. Highlights include his famous Pink Cadillac, Stutz Blackhawks, a 1975 Dino Ferrari, a 1956 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible, the red MG from “Blue Hawaii,” Elvis’ John Deere tractor, his Rolls Royce sedans, his Mercedes Benz limousine and more. Also, see some of Elvis’ favourite motorised toys, including a go-cart, dune buggy, motorised three-wheelers and a pedal car.
Elvis purchased a 1958 Convair 880 in April 1975 and named it Lisa Marie after his daughter. He spent more than $800,000 having the jet remodelled. Climb aboard this customised jet that features a living room, conference room, sitting room and private bedroom, as well as gold-plated seatbelts, suede chairs, leather covered tables, 24-karat gold-flecked sinks and more. Then, take a peek inside Elvis’ smaller Lockheed Jet Star, customised by Elvis with a yellow and green interior.
After checking out Elvis’ house, cars and planes, be sure to visit Sincerely Elvis. This rotating exhibit space will feature an all-new exhibit starting in March 2013 entitled Elvis: Live from Las Vegas. From the first time Elvis stepped foot on stage in Las Vegas through his triumphant return in 1969 and beyond, this exhibit captures all of the excitement and energy that is Elvis in Las Vegas. See exciting and rarely-seen artifacts including Elvis’ amazing jumpsuit collection, hotel receipts, show memorabilia and much more. This exhibit will be in place through March 2015.
Then, located next door at Graceland Crossing, visit the Elvis and Hawaii exhibit. The exhibit highlights Elvis’ Hawaii and showcases why it was one of his favourite places to be. See items such as the gold lame jacket worn in his first Hawaiian concert in 1957, movie memorabilia from his Hawaiian films, jumpsuits, footage from his “Aloha from Hawaii” television special, plus rarely-seen photos and videos from the Graceland archives. This exhibit will be in place through early 2015.
While at Graceland you will also want to check out our two free exhibits. Elvis Lives: The King and Pop Culture Exhibit allows you to experience how Elvis has influenced pop culture as we know it today. At the '68 Special Exhibit, take a look at this historic television event through videos, photos and displays of artifacts from the special.
In addition, if you choose the Graceland VIP tour option, you will have access to tour a special VIP-only exhibit. The current VIP exhibit, Elvis… Through His Daughter’s Eyes, explores Elvis’ relationship with his only daughter Lisa Marie and will be in place through December 2013. In early 2014, a new VIP-only exhibit will open that celebrates the 60th anniversary of Elvis’ groundbreaking 1954 recording of “That’s All Right,” the song that launched his career.
While at Graceland, you can also enjoy shopping in the speciality gift shops and dining at one of the on-site restaurants.
For the full Elvis experience, stay at Elvis Presley’s Heartbreak Hotel, conveniently located next to Graceland. Heartbreak Hotel is a fashionable boutique hotel that takes its cues from the legendary hospitality and personal style that Elvis was known for. Featuring a heart-shaped pool and Jungle Room lobby bar and lounge, the hotel offers a comfortable setting for any overnight stay. Heartbreak Hotel also offers airport shuttle service, 24-hour in-room Elvis movies, a continental breakfast and more.
Depending on when you are planning on visiting Graceland, you may also be able to enjoy some of our annual celebrations during the year. Elvis’ Birthday Celebration is held in early January each year and features four days of events surrounding the King’s birthday on January 8. In August, enjoy a weeklong celebration of the movies, music and legacy of Elvis during Elvis Week. Christmas at Graceland runs from late November to early January each year and you can enjoy Graceland decorated for the holidays with Elvis’ traditional decorations.