Do you want to visit Graceland? Are you wanting to plan a trip to Memphis, Tennessee? If you are an Elvis fan, this will be a dream come true!
I recently went and was blown away with how incredible Graceland was!
This trip was special because my dad is a huge Elvis fan; and he even named me Lisa Marie! I thought this would be a great chance to spend some time with my parents and learn all about Elvis.
We had a wonderful time and now I am so excited to help you plan a trip to Graceland!
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Where is Graceland?
Graceland was Elvis’s actual home, and it is situated on a 13.8 – acre estate in Memphis, Tennessee. Currently, the home is under the ownership of Elvis’s daughter, Lisa Marie Presley.
How Do I Get to Graceland?
The complete address of the Graceland Mansion is:
3764 Elvis Presley Boulevard, Memphis, Tennessee
How Close is Graceland to the Airport?
The Memphis Airport is located 2 miles away from Graceland. This drive should only take about 7-10 minutes.
How Far is Graceland (Memphis) to Nashville?
You may want to visit both musical cities while you are in Tennessee. If this is the case, you can take a 215 mile drive (about 3 hours) between locations.
Admission to Graceland
There are a few ticket options for Graceland.
How Much Does it Cost to Visit Graceland?
There are four tour options that range in price.
The basic mansion tour is an audio-guided tour with prices that start at $41 for adults and $21 for children ages 7 to 12.
Elvis Experience Tour
The Elvis Experience Tour is $73 for adults and $42 for children. This is the ticket I recommend getting. There is so much more to Graceland than just the mansion. This ticket will give you access to all the museums on site.
Ultimate VIP and Elvis Entourage VIP Tours
The Elvis Entourage Tour includes everything that the Elvis Experience Tour has, as well as front-of-the-line-pass and a backstage pass keepsake. It is $112 per person.
The Ultimate VIP Tour is led by a guide and starts at $174 per person; children 2 and younger tour for free.
The Ultimate VIP tour includes everything the Elvis Entourage Tour includes plus:
- Access to ultimate lounge and exclusive VIP exhibit
- Options to purchase special merchandise only available to ultimate guests
- A meal voucher for the restaurant at Elvis Presley’s Memphis
- Exclusive photo opportunity
- Personal Graceland archives show and tell session
- Keepsake backstage pass
If you are a die-hard Elvis fan, this is for you!
Should I Purchase My Tickets Ahead of Time?
Yes, particularly now. To address spacing concerns related to COVID -19, you will need to schedule your tour time when you book your tickets.
How Long Does it Take to Visit Graceland?
I recommend planning an entire day to visit Graceland. A tour of the mansion takes about one to one and a half hours. The Elvis Experience Tour, which includes the mansion, car museum, and several other exhibits will take much longer to explore.
We started our tour at 9:30 am and did not leave until 3:00 pm. It was not crowded when we went, so I imagine it would have taken much longer with crowds.
To make sure you don’t have to cut your day short, I would definitely plan to dedicate an entire day to Graceland.
Is Graceland Worth Visiting?
Absolutely, Graceland is fantastic! As you visit Graceland, you will fall in love with Elvis! Elvis has been dead almost as long as I have been alive, and I still loved it!
The mansion is fantastic, it is like stepping back in time! I enjoyed the audio presentation and touring all the rooms. Learning all about Elvis was a highlight and actually made me a big fan.
After the mansion, we made our way over to the museums. It was this area that I began to fall in love with 20 year old Elvis. He was such a heart throb! I loved learning about his career, military service, success, and even his personal struggles.
So not that you have a little taste of the overall experience, let’s dive in an explore Graceland a little more.
Parking at Graceland
As you visit Graceland, there will be a $10 parking fee. Your vehicle is secure behind a gated area.
If you are staying at The Guest House at Graceland Hotel located across the street there is a free shuttle that will allow you to avoid the parking fee.
Visit Graceland Mansion
As you visit Graceland there are COVID precautions in place.
- Wear mask
- Limited amount of people in each tour time slot
- Temperature taken upon entry
- Social distancing
- Cleaning procedures
Story of Elvis – Film
As you enter Graceland, you will watch a film about Elvis’s life. I loved learning all about him before we entered the mansion.
You will get a professional photograph directly after the film which you can purchase this $30. I thought it was worth it!
Self Guided Audio Tour
After the film, you will then be given a self-guided audio tour device. This device is an iPad with pictures, music, and is controlled by you which is very nice.
Shuttle to the Mansion
Now the fun begins! The shuttle will take you to the Graceland estate. You will be given a briefing and then be able to enter into the house.
Tour the House
The house is a blast from the past! It is in pristine condition and is exactly how it was when Elvis lived there. On the main floor is the living area, dining area and kitchen.
Also, you will see the staircase leading upstairs but no one is allowed to go the upper floor. This is out of respect for Elvis and his privacy.
The kitchen screams 1970! It is funny that Elvis had every new technology available and yet as we look back, they are basic things everyone in America now has in their houses.
The Jungle Room
The jungle room was an entertaining area designed with green shag carpet. The carpet is even on the ceiling! There are wild animals all around and the furniture is one of a kind!
The movie room is bright and fun. When Elvis learned that the President of the United States had three TVs to watch all the news channels at once, Elvis decided he needed 3 TV’s to watch all sports events at once!
The Billiards Room
This room is completely decorated with fabric and is very interesting!
After you exit the house you will get to see the rest of the estate. There is a racquetball court, pool, and horse stable out back. Elvis’s tombstone is also located outside of the home.
A small museum is onsite. It focuses on the family history of the Presley family. Did you know that Elvis was a twin? I didn’t until walking through this museum. (His brother died at birth.)
Elvis Car Museum
Elvis Car Museum is awesome, I counted 15 cars! This made me want to go on a Elvis car tour through Memphis.
In this same building, there is a section of other toys Elvis had such as; motorcycles, tractors, and golf carts. There is an interactive game you can play in this area. It is a simulator that will drive you around Graceland in a golf cart.
Elvis Career Musuem
This was my favorite area. It was fun and educational. This museum takes you through the early days of the 1950’s. 1950’s Elvis is my favorite Elvis.
The museum starts with how Elvis got his first hit, “It’s Alright Mama,” and how his life changed forever.
Elvis served in the army in Germany during his early career as well.
1950’s Elvis is a heartthrob! He was so handsome. One thing I loved is how interactive this museum was. There are screens located around that you can take quizzes about Elvis and then get pictures with Elvis. They are sent to your email.
Also, there are two areas where Elvis serenades you. A green screen is behind you as Elvis Sings. A video is produced and sent to your email.
One thing about Elvis was his many, many outfits. They are all displayed in this area as well as those of other actors that have portrayed Elvis.
Elvis had so many hit records and there is a wall completely full of all of his songs. It is really amazing! At the end of the museum you will watch a 1970 Elvis concert.
Lisa Marie Museum
There is a Lisa Marie Museum, and I thought I had better mention it since this is my name-sake. The Presley’s name- sake continues through Lisa and her children.
Places to Eat at Graceland
We got hungry as we toured the museums. We ate at Vernon’s Smokehouse, but that is only one of a few options at Graceland.
Vernon’s Smokehouse is named after Elvis’s father. We decided to get a little barbeque since we were in Memphis. It was really good. You can choose a meat and two sides. We liked this restaurant and highly recommend it.
Glady’s Diner is named after Elvis’s mother. It’s an all- American restaurant serving burgers, chicken, and of course the grilled peanut butter and banana sandwich! It actually gets really great reviews.
Minnie Mae Sweets
Minnie Mae was Elvis’s grandma. If you just want a snack this sweet shop is your one stop shop. Ice cream sundaes, candy, and guess what – yes – even, peanut butter and banana cotton candy.
It has a 1950’s dinner décor. It is super cute.
Rock N Go Cafe
The Rock N Go Cafe is near the ticket windows as you enter Graceland. There are grab-and-go items such as sandwiches and salads.
Can I Get Souvenirs at Graceland?
Yes, there are many souvenir shops located at Graceland. One thing I loved was that each store did not have the same things. There were a variety of merchandise to choose from.
I love buying souvenirs when I travel. Snow globes always win in my book!
Can you Get Elvis Souvenirs Cheaper Somewhere Else?
Not really. We went to a few other souvenir shops in Memphis and even Walgreens but found that it was maybe $1 cheaper than the prices at Graceland.
So if price is something that you are worried about, you should feel okay to go ahead and purchase the merchandise that you like as you visit Graceland.
Elvis actually had two planes. One was really large and the other was a commuter jet. His larger plane was named Lisa Marie!
As I boarded the plane, it kind of hit me that Elvis was really rich! Haha! That plane must have been so nice back in the 70’s. I think they said that each time he flew the plane it cost over $600,000. That is so crazy!
But I guess that is nothing for the King of Rock N Roll! Actually, they say that Elvis is still bringing in the dough — he is the highest paid dead person bringing in 42 million each year!
Where Should I Stay when I Visit Graceland?
The Guest House at Graceland is beautiful. It is located across the street from Graceland. The rooms are really nice and are decorated with Elvis décor.
The outside pool area is a great to place relax and have a little fun. There are outdoor games and beautiful lawn furniture.
The Staircase at the Guest House
There is a replica of the staircase that is in Graceland leading up to the second floor. Since you can’t climb the stairs at Graceland, the Guest House gives you your best chance at getting a similar experience.
I thought the hotel was beautiful, safe, and I highly recommend staying here if you are planning a trip to Graceland.
What Other Elvis Attractions are Nearby?
If you want to get more Elvis, consider driving down to Tupelo, Mississippi, just over an hour and a half drive from Graceland.
You can take a tour of the Elvis Presley Birthplace.
Elvis’s Childhood Home in Tupelo
Elvis was born on January 8, 1935 in his small shotgun house that his father Vernon built for $180 that he borrowed from his employer.
You can take a tour of the Elvis Presley Birthplace home. It is a 2-room house where Elvis was born with his twin brother, who was stillborn.
A family of little means, the Presleys only lived there for a few years after Elvis was born, but they continued to reside in Mississippi until 1948, when they moved to Memphis.
The property stands in its original location and has been restored to its original condition, decorated with period furniture as well as a replica 1939 Plymouth Sedan that the family used to drive.
This historic museum site of the birthplace of Elvis Presley also includes a tour of the church building where the Presley family worshipped.
If you can’t make it to Elvis’s birthplace, there are still plenty of places to see around Memphis. A must see is Sun Studio, where Elvis recorded his first song, “It’s All Right Mama” This tour will really give you an insight of how Elvis got his start. I really enjoyed this tour!
Sun Studio and its proprietor, Sam Phillips, had quite the run. This was also the launching point for such musicians as Jonny Cash, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Roy Orbison.
It also lives on in the musical, Million Dollar Quartet, which reenacts the day Elvis, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins played together at the studio.
Admission is $15
You will want to purchase your ticket’s ahead of time because space is limited because of COVID.
Rock N Soul Museum
The Rock N Soul Museum is part of the Smithsonian Institute Affiliate Program. so you know it is going to be nice. We went and really enjoyed learning all about the famous musicians that have come out of Memphis. Of course Elvis is featured in this cool museum.
Admission is $11
Purchase your tickets ahead of time to schedule a time slot to visit.
Are you Ready to Visit Graceland?
As you get ready to visit Graceland I hope this helps you plan your trip. Graceland was one of my favorite places in Memphis. I truly became an Elvis fan after this experience. I highly recommend going and experiencing it yourself!
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