Elvis Presley’s Graceland

It’s one of the most visited homes in the U.S., second only to the White House, attracting up to 700,000 visitors per year. Various U.S. presidents have visited, once bringing Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, an Elvis fan. You can spend well over $50 for a tour.

Elvis lived here for 20 years until his death in 1977, and since then it has become a major museum and tourist destination 9 miles from downtown Memphis, Tennessee. The original house is not very large, but it was a great comfort and retreat for Elvis.
Graceland The Graceland mansion, named after the original 1939 owner’s daughter Grace.

Elvis liked the “Graceland” name and kept it.
Former wife Priscilla Presley has maintained the house in its original condition as much as possible. Visitors now learn many details of Elvis’ life and habits around the house with his family and friends.
Living Room The living room still has its 1970s furnishings.

Elvis’ musician friends and other guests spent a lot of time here and around the piano in the music room in the back.
Dining Room The formal dining room.
Kitchen The kitchen was busy nearly 24 hours a day because Elvis had so many guests and relatives around all the time.

In the early days, his mother and grandmother were often cooking his favorite foods there.
Jungle Room Elvis’ den – His favorite part of the house, with an artificial waterfall and exotic furniture and decorations.

People now call it the “Jungle Room.”
Elvis recorded for RCA, so that company provided plenty of televisions for the house.
TV Room The TV room had 3 of the house’s 14 televisions because Elvis heard that President Johnson liked to watch the news on three different channels simultaneously.
The yard behind the house is enormous, with a variety of buildings and many things to see. Sometimes there are horses wandering around.
Backyard and pool Swimming pool behind the house.
Private jet One of Elvis’ two private jets displayed on the property:  a Convair 880 named Lisa Marie after his daughter.

Elvis and his family used the jets for vacations and traveling to his many performances.
Gravesites Gravesites in the “Meditation Garden” portion of the back yard, with Elvis surrounded by father Vernon and grandmother Minnie Mae.

Part of his inscription says “He was a precious gift from God … He had a God-given talent that he shared with the world.”