Must See Places for Elvis Presley Fans

Wall outside of Graceland: Lauren Rickman

Graceland Gates - "He Will Always Be the King"

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Graceland Gates

Elvis Presley at Graceland 1957. Photo Credit: EPE

Elvis Presley at Graceland

Graceland: EPE

Graceland, Home of Elvis Presley

Elvis at Graceland. Photo Credit: EPE

Elvis Presley on the grounds of Graceland.

Elvis Presley, with his unique voice, signature dance style and quirky curled up lip, burst through television sets and juke boxes in the mid-1950s. He didn’t just show up out of nowhere. He came from Memphis. Enjoy all-things-Elvis with these suggestions that will keep you rockin’ all weekend.
 
1. Beale Street | Downtown Memphis
Check into your hotel, don your blue suede shoes and head to Beale Street. Elvis was influenced by the sounds on the street and spent many hours with musicians who gathered there. Spend some time floating in and out of the clubs on Beale for some of the best live music in the world. Before you leave, check out Elvis’ brass note in the sidewalk and statue honoring Memphis’ favorite son.

2. Graceland | 3734 Elvis Presley Boulevard
No trip to Memphis would be complete without a tour of Graceland. Purchased in 1957 for $102,000, Graceland was home to Elvis until his death in 1977. It is one of the most visited homes in the United States, second only to the White House.

Graceland offers a one-of-a-kind journey through Elvis’ humble beginnings and rise to superstardom with up close and personal looks at the influence that forever changed our music and our lives. Discover the ultimate rock ‘n’ roll experience through videos, photos, personal mementos and artifacts, movie memorabilia, stage costumes and much more.

3. Guest House at Graceland | 3717 Elvis Presley Boulevard

Located just a few steps from the gates of Graceland, this unique accommodation is inspired by the same warm hospitality that Elvis always showed his guests. From the southern colonial exterior to the specialty suites (many with design overseen by Priscilla Presley herself), every aspect of The Guest House will reflect Elvis' personal style and the unique character of Graceland.

The Guest House at Graceland is more than a full-service hotel. It's 450 spacious rooms and a range of contemporary facilities, including two restaurants, spaces for meetings and special events and a 500-seat theater for live performances and movies. It's the gateway to your visit to Graceland and the perfect place to stay while discovering everything that Memphis has to offer. It's classic elegance and modern luxury - friendly, refined and uniquely Elvis.

4. Lauderdale Courts | 185 Winchester, Apt. 328
Other than Graceland, Lauderdale Courts is the Memphis home Elvis and his family lived in the longest. Elvis and his parents, Gladys and Vernon, lived in Lauderdale Courts from September 1949 to January 1953.

The Elvis Suite at Lauderdale Courts is on the National Register of Historic Places and has been revived to reflect the life and times of the Presley’s in the early 1950s. The apartment is open for tours and overnight guests. Elvis left Lauderdale Courts in 1953 and would buy Graceland four years later.

5. Humes High School | 659 North Manassas Street
Elvis attended Humes from 1948 until he graduated in 1953 being the first in his family to finish high school. Elvis met some of his lifelong friends while attending Humes – George Klein and Red West to name a few.

6. Sun Studio | 706 Union Avenue
Elvis walked into Sun Studio in 1953 at the age of 18 with his dime-store guitar and sang “That’s All Right” and the rest is, as you say, history.  Hear outtakes from recording sessions, touch Elvis’ first microphone and hear the real history of the studio that launched the careers of Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, B.B. King and many more.

7. Audubon Drive  | 1034 Audubon Drive
After his first #1 hit, “Heartbreak Hotel,” Elvis purchased a home for his family in 1956 for just over $29,000. Due to his increasing need for privacy, Elvis bought Graceland in 1957. The home is currently a private residence.

8. Super Cycle | 620 South Bellevue Boulevard
Elvis liked power and speed – and it showed in the toys he collected. From motorcycles to three-wheelers to golf carts, Super Cycle maintained Elvis’ bikes and even restored several of Elvis’ vehicles for display at Graceland.

9. Overton Park Shell | 1930 Poplar Avenue
Elvis sang at Overton Shell (now Levitt Shell) several times. First in July 1954 and according to Scotty Moore, Elvis was so nervous he stood up on the balls of his feet and shook his leg in time with the music, a move he sometimes used in the studio. To his shock and horror the young girls in the audience went crazy, yelling and applauding. Scotty said, "We didn't know what was going on when all those people started screaming and hollering."  He later appeared on August 5 and the Shell was jammed with an overflow crowd having several hundred turned away.  While in Memphis, try to catch one of the 50 free concerts performed at the Shell yearly.

10. Lansky – A Memphis Tradition since 1946 | 149 Union Avenue
Lansky Brother’s Men’s store was located on the west end of Beale Street and was where Elvis developed his unique style.  Owner Bernard Lansky outfitted Elvis with clothes for personal use and public appearances and was known as the clothier to the King. Today Lansky stores are located in the Peabody Memphis Hotel.