I’ve just made the pilgrimage to Elvis Presley’s mansion, Graceland, on a small hill behind the trees. The only way to get in to the grounds is to buy tickets for an audio headset tour and take the shuttle bus from “Elvis-ville” across the road. It’s packed with souvenir shops and other exhibitions, but this is what you’ll see inside the king’s hallowed house.
The upstairs rooms at Graceland are locked and alarmed and no one is allowed up there except family.
To the right is the formal lounge
To the left is the dining room where many a big dinner party was held
Walk past the forbidden staircase …
… and gaze at the chandelier, wondering what is hidden up there
Pass through the kitchen. Someone told me Elvis had the first microwave in the country (?) Anyway, it cost $1000 back in the 70s
Elvis’s parents had this downstairs bedroom
Turn left and go down the hallway to the Jungle Room. The floor and walls are covered in green shag pile and wooden furniture is carved into animals
The pool room
We walked through the house, out the back and into his office and private shooting range then into the racquetball court. This is the piano that he played on the morning of his death
The racquetball court is now a shrine with costumes entombed in glass cases and floor to ceiling gold and platinum awards
At the end of the tour you come to his grave where his parents and grandmother also lie. Each day gifts arrive by mail from fans and staff make sure they all get placed here for a turn with the king. An eternal flame burns and a statue of Jesus, given to Elvis by his friends and that used to stand in the garden, stands at his feet.
Across the road in the many shops and exhibits I met my new friends. They’re on honeymoon. Guess what he does for a living….
You buy a replica costume for a cool $3500
The Lisa Marie is named after his daughter who used to be taken on whimsical jaunts. One time they flew to see the snow and touched down for only an hour
Inside this former Delta plane Elvis had decked it out in velvet with gold plated buckles. Everything’s now covered in plastic wrap today.
He has a lounge area with big bulbus TVs, a dining table and this is the king’s bed room.
This is the Mercedes Elvis gave Priscilla which she donated to the museum dedicated solely to his many cars across from Graceland.