Graceland, Memphis, TN, USA

After Bonnaroo we decided to embark on a mini adventure even further West: Graceland, home of the King. Last year we wanted to but time just didn’t allow. Memphis is about five hours West of where Bonnaroo is….which in turn is five hours further away from home.

Graceland wasn’t what I expected. I mean, it is the home of Elvis Presley. It’s in the middle of a small town (or what at least seems like a small town). Memphis is a pretty glum area to be honest…Beale Street was alive and colorful, an oasis in the middle of fast food restaurants and used tired shops. The house itself wasn’t insanely huge either but it was beautiful. You enter the house and they give you headphones and a tape and when you enter each room it gives you the history of it. Pretty cool, I learned a lot of neat things I hadn’t otherwise known.

Ticket to Graceland, $37

Ticket to Graceland, $37

Front of Graceland

Front of Graceland, they drive you in on a shuttle bus

Living Room

Living Room

Portrait leading to the mysterious upstairs

Portrait leading to the mysterious upstairs

Kitchen (please ignore my shitty scanning job)

Kitchen (please ignore my shitty scanning job)

Basement was super 1970's

Basement was super 1970’s

More basement

More basement

Pool table

Pool table

Awards room

Awards room

So many records

So many records

All of his awesome jumpsuits were there. Most of them were underneath hardly any lighting :(

All of his awesome jumpsuits were there. Most of them were underneath hardly any lighting 😦

Back view

Back view

Outside pool

Outside pool

Grave, strangely enough I had no idea he was buried here.

Grave, strangely enough I had no idea he was buried here.

 

The creepiest part, when you walk into the foyer in the front of the house, is that you are standing underneath where Elvis was found (apparently). I read from a lot of sources online but of course, you can never know for sure. They don’t tell you that on the tour. All they say to you is that you are not allowed upstairs because it is a private area to Elvis and it always was so they wish to continue to respect his wishes. Upon further research I found out that no one has been upstairs since then. There’s a guard at the bottom of the stairs and at the top and the doors to his bedroom are locked. Employees that have been there for 20+ years haven’t even seen inside his room. The only people that have had access are the museum curator, Lisa Marie (daughter), Priscilla (wife) and Nicholas Cage (because he married Lisa many moons ago). Many celebrities have put in requests to see it but they’ve all been denied…they’ve even denied presidential requests. Really mysterious.

Since I was only using 400 speed film, a 50mm lens, and we weren’t allowed to use flash inside, I also took some photos with my iPhone and Ollo Clip.

Meditation Garden

Meditation Garden

Angels

Angels

Upstairs were no one is allowed.

Upstairs were no one is allowed.

Andrew and I out front of Graceland

Andrew and I out front of Graceland

Living Room

Living Room

Billards Room

Billards Room

Billards

Billards

Kitchen

Kitchen

Jungle Room

Jungle Room

Dining Room

Dining Room

Down to the Basement

Down to the Basement

Records

Records

More

More

MORE

MORE

Basement

Basement

The Lisa Marie

The Lisa Marie

On board the Lisa Marie

On board the Lisa Marie

Pink Caddy

Pink Caddy

You also got to see his cars in the car museum across the street.

You also got to see his cars in the car museum across the street.

:)

🙂

Backyard

Backyard

Official Historic Place

Official Historic Place

Panoramic

Panoramic

Graceland

Graceland

 

So that’s that. Hope you enjoyed my photos! This was definitely an amazing tour and place to visit and I highly recommend it even if you aren’t an Elvis fan…it’s still really mind blowing to see his house exactly the way he left it. They haven’t changed anything inside. Everything is authentic. 🙂

 

 

4 thoughts on “Graceland, Memphis, TN, USA

  1. Thank you! So much info that I didn’t know. Love all the photo’s , the one of you going down the basement is eerie LOL….. and the idea that no one has been upstairs is really mind boggling, makes me want to see it, if just for curiosities sake 🙂 Awesome article!

  2. Omg I loved this. Loved Elvis since I was little. My first crush! Graceland always seemed so much larger then it actually was. The photos are treasures. I still can’ t help but get emotional that he is gone & the tragic way in which it occurred. Still makes me sad. If I don’t ever get there at least I got to see inside & outside. Thank you!,

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