Monday, March 24, 2014

A Visit to the King’s Home

Sunday Judy and I left Tupelo, MS for Memphis. The ride up US 78 (Future I22 Corridor) only took a couple of hours to cover.  We had two day reservations at the Tom Sawyer RV Park on the banks of the Mississippi River. It is actually located in West Memphis, Arkansas just across the river from Memphis. The whole point of the two day stay was to be able to go to Graceland. Judy and I both voted for this stop.
Monday we had a slow morning start and got to Graceland about 11:30.  The tour operation went very smoothly. Three different packages are offered. We took the mid priced one, $37.00 X 2.  It included; audio-guided tour of Graceland Mansion and grounds, tour of Elvis’ two airplanes, Automobile Museum, Elvis’ Live from Las Vegas, Elvis’ Tupelo, Elvis’ Hawaii and 68 Special Exhibit. 
I think you must keep things in perspective as you tour the Graceland Mansion. When Elvis purchased it in 1957 at 22 years old for $100,000.00 it was situated on. 13 acres on the outskirts of Memphis. Not surrounded by urban sprawl as it is now.  It could even be considered small by todays standards. Many people will find fault with the interior decorations because they are dated, but for the 50/60s they are pretty much right on. Not to mention entertainers taste are often “different”. So, what did I think of Graceland – it was much like I expected. It is certainly a historical landmark worth seeing, after all, “The King of Rock and Roll” lived there.  Heck, it is worth visiting just for the musical history alone. The Mansion Tour does not include the second floor, Elvis’ private quarters.
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graceland web
Living Room and Music Room                      Dinning Room
graceland meeting rm      Gracelanddiningrm1
Elvis’ Mom's Bedroom                                 Pool Table
Graceland BR1            Graceland pool room
Jungle Room – Elvis’ Man Cave
Graceland pool room1
The “Meditation Gardens”   (Burial site of Elvis, Mom, Dad, and Grandmother)  
Graceland meditation garden                graceland grave1
A few pictures from other exhibits
Graceland contract1       graceland contract2
Graceland Car       Graceland costumes1
graceland mercyrs         graceland plane web
I found these tour links on youtube; ( A must view for fans and well worth the time for others)
Graceland Tour part 1                Graceland Tour Part 2
Graceland Tour Part 3                 Graceland Tour Part 4
Graceland Tour Part 5                  Graceland Tour Part 6
Graceland Tour Part 7
That is all for now.  Thanks for stopping by.
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  1. Great pictures! Brings back memories of our visit way back in 2011. It looks like it hasn't changed a bit! ;c)

  2. Great job on capturing the highlights. We were glad we went.