Elvis Presley’s Graceland is more than just where Elvis lived! If you call yourself a music fan, then you need to visit. Need a good reason? Keep on reading!
Graceland opened to the public in 1981 and has thousands of visitors each year! It’s actually the second most visited house in the United States – the first being the White House.
Being such a die-hard Elvis fan, I will try to give facts instead of bias. But, I LOVE going to Graceland! Visiting Graceland is an experience and music fans definitely need to make the trip.
Here are four reasons every music fan needs to visit Elvis Presley‘s Graceland:
Reason 1: You can stand where Elvis Presley stood.
Elvis had recording sessions in his Jungle Room! This might be the first time a recording artist actually worked from home. The setup was not as advanced as today. Imagine vans with giant cords passing through windows and doors – that’s literally what it was like. In this recording session, the last album Elvis ever released, Moody Blue (1977), was created. I would also just like to point out that the Jungle Room has a waterfall… That alone is reason enough to visit.
Reason 2: You can visit Elvis’s career museum.
The Elvis: The Entertainer Career Museum at Graceland, begins with Elvis’s time at Sun Studios all the way to his Vegas years. From jumpsuits to Grammys, there’s so much to look at! There are hundreds of artifacts from Elvis’s movie years, concert years, and music-making years. Just imagine ALL the gold and platinum records… You know, instead of imagining, just go see it!
Reason 3: You can visit the Icons exhibit.
One of the coolest exhibits at Graceland is Icons: The Influence of Elvis Presley. It doesn’t have any artifacts from Elvis! You’ll see quotes from celebrities about Elvis and some of their items. Some of the celebrities are Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Johnny Cash, and Justin Timberlake! It’s really cool to see how Elvis influenced others to get into the business! Maybe you’ll learn that your favorite celeb loves Elvis too!
Reason 4: You’re close enough to visit Sun Studios.
Sun Studios is THE birthplace of Rock ‘N Roll. This place holds more music royalty than just Elvis Presley. B.B. King, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Roy Orbison were discovered here! Talk about music royalty. Plus, they have amazing mild shakes. Yes. A recording studio makes milkshakes.
These are just a few reasons why music fans need to add “a visit to Elvis Presley’s Graceland” to their bucket list. We didn’t even get to everything – that was just the highlights. When you visit, let the music guide your trip Graceland and live out lyrics to Walking In Memphis. Full disclosure: I totally do this. Though I have yet to find the ghost of Elvis!
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