After breakfast in West Memphis, Arkansas, we drove our Ford Taurus toward Graceland. Elvis Presley’s Graceland is an estate where Elvis Presley lived for 20 years. He died here, and he is buried on the grounds outside the house. Elvis bought this house for $100 thousand in 1957. Graceland has been open to tourists since 1982.
We were in the ticket booth quite early—9:30 AM—but still, there was already a queue and we needed to wait. It is a very popular attraction, and after taking the tour, I fully understand why.
A tour of Graceland began with a short van ride, which took us across the street to the mansion. We had headphones, which helped us to understand the history of the house and Elvis’ life at Graceland in Memphis. It was a digital audio tour featuring the voices of daughter Lisa Marie and Elvis himself.
The tour takes you only to the first floor of the mansion; the second floor is closed, and there are Elvis’ private rooms. On the first floor of the mansion, visitors can see the living room, Elvis’ parents’ bedroom, dining room, kitchen, piano room (where Elvis played on his last evening), and TV room. Through the earphones, we were well guided and interesting stories were told about the rooms.
Elvis built a special house just for his gold records and other trophies. The tour guide explained the significance of every portrait and relic. They also explain why Elvis took to wearing jumpsuits rather late in his career.
The tour closes at the graves in the backyard. I had tears in my eyes; the tour of Elvis’ life was so real.
If you are an Elvis fan, the trip to Memphis is well worth it. I cannot say that I’m a big Elvis fan, though this excursion was one of the top memories from the whole Deep South trip. We are convinced that you can not go to Memphis, TN, and not see Graceland. It was exciting, it was wonderful, and sad at the same time, and it was history before our eyes, presented in the best way possible.
After the Graceland mansion tour, we visited Whitehaven Church to listen to gospel music at its best. The 2.5-hour service started at 11 a.m. and was worth attending.
Story continues at Memphis, Tennessee