Ultimate Elvis Presley Bucket List

Grab your blue suede shoes and get ready for a rockin’ week in Memphis. Experience all things Elvis all over the city of Memphis with these must-see attractions and hidden gems to make your celebration of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll™ an unforgettable experience for the whole family.

Graceland, Home of Elvis

Graceland Mansion

It’s the most famous rock ‘n’ roll residence in the world, so it’s a must-see during your visit to Memphis. An interactive iPad tour will guide you through Elvis' home, which has preserved his eccentric décor throughout. See touching home videos of Elvis with his daughter Lisa Marie. Don’t forget to check out the newly restored racquetball building while you’re there. 

Meditation Garden

Elvis and his loved ones are interred on the grounds of the Graceland amongst beautiful landscaping and peaceful sculptures. Plus, guests who arrive early and leave before the first tour begins are allowed free access to pay your respects to Elvis and his family in the Meditation Garden. 

Wall outside of Graceland: Lauren Rickman

Gates of Graceland

Not only are the welcoming Gates of Graceland a fantastic photo opportunity year-round; they also serve as the center of the annual Candlelight Vigil that unites thousands of fans during Elvis Week held in August. The Gates are also the starting and finishing line for the annual Elvis 5k Run, benefiting Livitup, Inc. Read the love notes from fans written on the wall or leave your own message.

Gates to EP Memphis. Photo Credit: Andrea Zucker

Elvis Presley's Memphis

This new multi-million-dollar entertainment and exhibit complex is located across the street from the Graceland Mansion. Step back in time as you experience the nostalgic Memphis that helped birth the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll™. With an assortment of museums to honor his legacy, wardrobe and impressive plane collection, restaurants, shops and fun photo opportunities, Elvis Presley’s Memphis is a one-of-a-kind experience for every Elvis fan. 

Celebrate the holidays

Christmas was always a very special time of year for Elvis. So what better way to get into the spirit than by joining in the festivities at Graceland? The mansion will be decorated with a special lighting ceremony in November, which includes a very special visit from Santa. Enjoy all the traditional decorations including a life-size Nativity scene through Elvis' birthday on January 6. This year at Elvis Presley's Memphis will also host the first Christmas with Elvis at Graceland. Get your tickets and enjoy a live orchestra presenting all of Elvis’ biggest Christmas hits. 

Elvis mic at Sun Studio, Memphis

Sun Studio

Visit the recording studio that started it all. In 1954, a young Elvis Presley walked into Sun Studio and recorded "That's All Right" and changed the way the world would listen to music. Sun Studio also recorded some of the biggest names in the business including Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis and continues to record rising and celebrated artists today.

Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum

Curated by the Smithsonian Institution, this exhibit tells the story of the birth of rock and soul music and the pioneers who shook the world by rejecting boundaries and pushing past barriers to create that unique Memphis sound. See original Elvis Presley costumes and memorabilia in this interactive museum.

Elvis Statue on Beale Street

Explore over two dozen restaurants and bars on Beale where you will hear live music from bands inspired by Elvis Presley. During your walk "10 feet off of Beale," look down and note the 150+ brass music notes embedded into the cobblestone. When you find Elvis Presley’s marker, take a selfie and tag #MemphisTravel to let the world know you were here!

Arcade Restaurant

Arcade Restaurant

The Arcade is not only the oldest diner in Memphis, it has been a local favorite for years. Elvis loved the Arcade and regularly ordered their fried peanut butter and banana sandwich. In his honor, there is an Elvis booth located in the back and is decorated with pictures of the King of Rock 'n' Roll™. Take a seat, order the sandwich, take a selfie. You'll be glad you did.

Peabody Duck Walk of Fame

Not only does the Peabody Hotel showcase their world-famous ducks, it has also found a way to honor Memphians for their countributions to the city by means of a Peabody Duck Walk of Fame. Brass markers (in the shape of a duck's foot) dot the sidewalks along Union Avenue and Second Street. Think Hollywood Walk of Fame - only Memphis-style. We're sure there's one name you will be very familiar with: Elvis Presley.

Memphis Music Hall of Fame

Elvis Presley is included in five Halls of Fame: Rock ‘n’ Roll, Rockabilly, Country, Gospel and the Memphis Music Hall of Fame. Celebrated for his ability to successfully blend different genres, appeal to a wide audience, sell millions of records around the globe and give back to the city he called home. Elvis' tribute in the Memphis Music Hall of Fame is a beautiful one that succinctly captures what made him such a legendary artist. 

Lansky's

Shop with the Clothier to the King® at Lansky Brothers. The family-owned retailer, established by the late Bernard Lansky, helped develop Elvis Presley’s signature style when as a teenager, Elvis Presley shopped at their original location at 126 Beale Street. Today, a historical marker identifies the site of the original store on Beale, but you can still shop for dapper and impressive Elvis-inspired suits and 1950s-style clothing at their store located inside the Peabody Memphis hotel.

Colettas famous pizza is fit for a king - Justin Fox Burks

Coletta’s Italian Restaurant

This charming restaurant claims to have introduced pizza to Memphis when they added it to their menu in the 1950s. They also claim to be home to Elvis Presley’s favorite pizza: BBQ pizza, the most Memphis pizza on the planet. Dine in the Elvis Room amongst pictures and memorabilia to commemorate the many times when Elvis and his entourage would take over their own private room at Coletta’s. 

American Dream Safari: Photo Credit: Andrea Zucker

American Dream Safari

Although can only view Elvis Presley’s iconic pink Cadillac at the autombile museum in Elvis Presley's Memphis, American Dream Safari gives you the best seat in the house in their 1955 caddy. This tour introduces you to the city's best juke joints and blues clubs while giving you the backstories of Elvis, Memphis and the music scene.

Levitt Shell offers 50 free concerts annually.

Levitt Shell

After Elvis toured the Beale street club scene as a rising star, it was the Levitt Shell, an open-air amphitheater, that gave him his first paid gig when he opened for headliner Slim Whitman. Since then, the Shell has hosted local, regional and international soul, folk, rock, funk and country talent on its stage. Every spring, summer and fall, they host a total of 50 free concerts in the park. Visiting during the off-season? Still stop by for a great photo in front of the majestic stage.  

Goner Record Store - Craig Thompson

25 Cent Elvis Impersonator Shrine

Looking for kitschy Elvis fun? Check out the Goner Records Elvis Impersonator Shrine. The hidden gem offers a glimpse at little figurines dressed as Elvis and performing an Elvis classic. You’ll have to see it to understand it, but you definitely won’t regret this unique tribute to Elvis.    

Elvis Birthday Celebration

Fans from all over the world with gather on the mansion lawn to sing happy birthday to Elvis and will feature special events and guests, as well as the annual Elvis Birthday Proclamation Ceremony. Events will take place January 6-8. 

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