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Touring Graceland – The Home of Elvis Presley is one of the top things to do in Memphis, Tennessee. You’ll experience an intriguing glimpse into the life of a rock and roll legend. While Graceland: The Home of Elvis Presley hosted me, opinions are all my own. And I highly recommend visiting this iconic destination when visiting Memphis.

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Top things to do in Memphis: Visit the iconic Graceland

Graceland tour of Elvis Presley's home in Memphis, Tennessee

I am a huge fan of historic homes, and honestly, wasn’t quite sure what to expect before visiting Graceland. Granted, I grew up as a fan of Elvis Presley – his music and his movies. I’m sure if I watched them now they may seem a little campy. I remember what a treat it was when an Elvis movie aired on TV. We’d pop some popcorn on top of the stove in our green and almond kitchen and sit down on our burnt orange shag carpet in front of a tiny screen.

That was the 70s.

And Graceland definitely encapsulates the 1970s. So come along with me on a photo tour of the 14-acre Graceland estate as well as several Elvis Presley exhibits. Plan for at least a half-day to take the audio-guided tour of the mansion and a self-guided tour of Elvis Presley’s Memphis at Graceland – a 200,000-square-foot entertainment complex.

Elvis fun fact

Elvis made 31 feature films and two concert documentaries.

Welcome to Graceland tickets in Memphis Home of Elvis
Begin your tour of Graceland: The Home of Elvis Presley at the ticket office at Elvis Presley’s Memphis entertainment complex.

You’ll find lots of parking at Graceland: The Home of Elvis Presley – currently $10 for standard vehicles and $15 for oversized vehicles. The parking lot is across the street from the mansion in front of Elvis Presley’s Memphis entertainment complex. That’s because you’ll need to take a shuttle bus over to Graceland from that location. And there’s lot to experience.

Where can I buy tickets to Graceland: The Home of Elvis Presley?

A number of ticket packages are available online or in person in the ticket office. Here are the Graceland tour options as of this published date.

  • Elvis Presley’s Memphis + Planes – Features 10 exhibits (tour of the Graceland mansion is not included): Elvis’ career, cars, gold records, wardrobe, planes, and more
  • The Elvis Experience Tour – Includes mansion tour, plus all the exhibits mentioned in the first bullet
  • A special Elvis Entourage VIP Tour – Includes everything in the Elvis Experience Tour plus a skip-the-line pass and VIP shuttle to the mansion and an exclusive exhibit for VIPs in a private VIP lounge
  • And for you die-hard fans, there is the Elvis Ultimate Tour – Everything above plus an expert guide, exclusive photo opportunity, personal Walt Disney Archives show-and-tell experience, and a meal voucher

Additionally, you’ll find special tours at Christmas, for example. Discounts available for Graceland tours include AAA, students, and seniors. Bring proper identification.

Where to eat at Graceland

Gladys' Diner at Graceland Home of Elvis Presley Memphis Tennessee

Does Graceland have restaurants onsite?

Yes, well, not at the mansion, but across the street at Elvis Presley’s Memphis entertainment complex.

You can choose to dine at any of the following onsite restaurants at Graceland.

  • Gladys’ Diner – Named after Elvis’ mother, Glady’s Diner at Graceland offers American cuisine from burgers to salads to pizza and, yes, Elvis’ favorite sandwich: peanut butter and banana – grilled in butter or bacon grease. You’ll also find a grab and go section and a shake and ice cream station.
  • Vernon’s Smokehouse – Named after Elvis’ father, Vernon’s Smokehouse features traditional Memphis BBQ – ribs, brisket, chicken, and more of Elvis’ favorites such as meatloaf, catfish, and BBQ spaghetti

I arrived right around lunch time so before I headed over to the mansion, I ate lunch at Graceland’s onsite restaurant, Gladys’ Diner. Named after Elvis’ beloved mother, the cafeteria-style restaurant is located right next to the ticket office. The Gladys’ Diner dining option at Graceland is very spacious, lots of room, very clean, and really great food.

Grilled peanut butter and banana sandwich at Graceland in Memphis

So, of course, I had to try Elvis’ favorite sandwich: grilled peanut butter and banana sandwich with crinkle (my favorite!) fries. I was surprised by how good it was. Delicious!

Elvis collage at Graceland tour

Before boarding the shuttle to take you across the street to the Graceland mansion, you’ll watch a short feature film about Elvis.

Graceland mansion tour

Graceland tour of Elvis Presley's home ind Memphis, Tennessee Entrance

Then you’ll queue up for the shuttle bus where you’ll receive headphones and an iPad to use during your audio tour of Graceland. You may bring your own headphones with a standard jack if you prefer. Graceland rotates and sanitizes all equipment in between uses.

The shuttle to Graceland drops you off right in front of the main doors. You can take pictures before you go inside. And you also have the opportunity to take photos once your tour is over before boarding the shuttle back to the entertainment complex.

Can you take pictures at Graceland? Yes, you may take photos; however, flash photography is not allowed inside Graceland Mansion or any attractions.

National Register of Historic Places Sign Graceland Elvis Presley in Memphis

One of the best historical homes in Memphis, Graceland is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Additionally, Graceland is a designated National Historic Landmark.

Graceland tour of Elvis Presley's home in Memphis, Tennessee

When you first enter Graceland, you’ll see the beautiful living area with stained glass windows and a pristine white piano in the background.

Graceland tour of Elvis Presley's home in Memphis, Tennessee

A beautiful staircase leads upstairs (with apparently mirrors on the wall beneath the King of Rock and Roll’s pictures as that’s me in the lower right). Your tour does not include the upstairs as that was Elvis’ private sanctuary. The tour takes you throughout the complex to areas where he entertained guests.

Elvis fun fact

Elvis did not like his nickname, The King. Although King of Rock and Roll was okay. He felt we only have one king: The Lord Jesus Christ. Elvis never shied from his spirituality. In fact, when I took a tour of RCA Studio B at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville (post coming later), Elvis had a steadfast tradition. On Sundays, he and his session players always played and sang gospel songs for up to two hours before he recorded.

Another Elvis fun fact

Elvis won three Grammys – all in gospel music.

Graceland tour of Elvis Presley's home ind Memphis, Tennessee Bedroom

Beautiful bedroom at Graceland Mansion

Can you stay at Graceland? No. While you cannot stay at the mansion, you can stay nearby at The Guest House at Graceland. Additionally, you can camp or glamp at the Graceland RV Park and Campground, which is within walking distance of Graceland.

Graceland tour of Elvis Presley's home ind Memphis, Tennessee Dining Room

Beautiful dining room at Graceland mansion

Graceland tour of Elvis Presley's home ind Memphis, Tennessee Kitchen

You’ll definitely feel the 70s vibe as you tour Graceland like this very bright yellow bar area.

Billiards room at Graceland in Memphis Tennessee

And then there’s the billiard room. Loved the fabric treatment on the wall and the ceiling.

Graceland Home of Elvis Presley in Memphis, Tenn. Jungle Room

The iconic Jungle Room at Graceland. One of the top five most visited homes in the U.S, it is considered the second most famous home after The White House. Very popular, Graceland attracts 500,000 visitors a year. While that seems like a lot, it did not feel crowded to me. Lots of social-distancing opportunities and no lines.

Graceland tour of Elvis Presley's home ind Memphis, Tennessee Family Portrait

Your Graceland tour will take you through many exhibits featuring photos and memorabilia. This iconic family photo depicts a young Elvis with his mother Gladys and father Vernon.

Graceland tour of Elvis Presley's home ind Memphis, Tennessee Wedding Gown and Tux

Elvis and Priscilla Presley married in 1967 at Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas. Today, you can hold your wedding at the Chapel in the Woods at Graceland.

Graceland tour of Elvis Presley's home ind Memphis, Tennessee Racquetball Court

Graceland Mansion also features a full racquetball court.

Graceland tour of Elvis Presley's home ind Memphis, Tennessee Gravesite Headstone

One of the prettiest stops on the Graceland Tour is the Meditation Garden. Here you’ll find beautiful sculptures, a fountain, a gazebo, flowering shrubs. This is also where you can visit the gravesites of Elvis and his close family members.

Graceland tour of Elvis Presley's home ind Memphis, Tennessee Elvis Presley Gravesite Headstone

The gravesite of Elvis Presley at Graceland in Memphis.

Graceland tour of Elvis Presley's home ind Memphis, Tennessee Elvis Presley Memorial Garden

Tour the beautiful gardens and grounds at Graceland in Memphis, Tenn. – America’s #1 attraction.

Graceland tour of Elvis Presley's home ind Memphis, Tennessee Shuttle Pick-up

At the end of your Graceland mansion tour, make your way to the small gate house. Here you can wait for a shuttle to take you back to the Elvis Presley’s Memphis complex. The shuttles run frequently so if you didn’t get photos of the front of Graceland, this is a good time to do it.

Graceland tour of Elvis Presley's home ind Memphis, Tennessee Entertainment Complex

Elvis Presley’s Memphis gave me a Walt Disney vibe – without the crowds.

Graceland tour of Elvis Presley's home ind Memphis, Tennessee Racing Car

One of the 10 exhibits where you can take a self-guided tour of when visiting Graceland: The Home of Elvis Presley.

Graceland tour of Elvis Presley's home ind Memphis, Tennessee Golf Cart

Elvis Presley’s Memphis entertainment complex features several interactive experiences like virtually riding around in a golf cart.

Graceland tour of Elvis Presley's home ind Memphis, Tennessee Private

One of the best exhibits at Graceland: Private Presley that illustrates his life serving his civil duty in the military.

Graceland tour of Elvis Presley's home ind Memphis, Tennessee Exhibit

You’ll find many displays of Elvis’ time in the military in the Private Elvis exhibit.

Graceland tour of Elvis Presley's home ind Memphis, Tennessee Icon

I especially loved the exhibit featuring musical legends influenced by Elvis.

Elvis Presley fun fact

Elvis sold more than one billion units of music.

Graceland tour of Elvis Presley's home ind Memphis, Tennessee Career Museum

Make sure to stop in at the Elvis – The Entertainer Career Museum when visiting Memphis. It’s one of the top things to do at Graceland.

Graceland tour of Elvis Presley's home ind Memphis, Tennessee Sun Records

Elvis Presley recorded his first song, “That’s All Right,” at Sun Studio in Memphis. He recorded about a dozen more at that studio. Grateful that Memphis Travel and Sun Studio – the birthplace of Rock and Roll – hosted me on a tour of where so many musical legends recorded. Will share my incredible experience at Sun Studio soon.

Graceland tour of Elvis Presley's home ind Memphis, Tennessee Sun Records

Elvis Presley released his first record at Sun Studio in 1954. He went on to record more than 700 songs over his career – with 150 albums. And according to the estate’s information, 150 albums or singles were certified as gold, platinum or multi-platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.

Graceland tour of Elvis Presley's home ind Memphis, Tennessee Concert Photo

With nearly 1,100 concert performances, I was surprised to learn that Elvis Presley never performed outside of the U.S. or Canada (and the latter was a three-day tour). Interesting fact especially since an estimated 40% or Elvis Presley records were sold outside the United States.

An Elvis Presley fun fact

Elvis Presley appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1957, but they only recorded him from the waist up. His dance moves were a little too provocative for the times apparently. A year earlier, Elvis started a scandal with his performance of Hound Dog on the Milton Berle Show.

Graceland tour of Elvis Presley's home ind Memphis, Tennessee Wall of Albums

Out of the 149 songs that appeared on Billboard’s Hot 100 Pop Chart, 114 made it to the top 40.


Graceland tour of Elvis Presley's home in Memphis, Tennessee Movie Quote

Elvis Presley made 31 movies and became one of Hollywood’s biggest stars and the highest-paid actor for many years. Love Me Tender was his first movie and his two most critically acclaimed movies are Jailhouse Rock and King Creole.

Graceland tour of Elvis Presley's home in Memphis, Tennessee Career Museum

Make sure to plan time to tour all the exhibits at Graceland when visiting Memphis.

Graceland tour of Elvis Presley's home ind Memphis, Tennessee Career Museum Red Car

You can spot this red MG sports car in the Elvis Presley movie, Blue Hawaii.

Speaking of Hawaii, Elvis gave a benefit that raised more than $65,000 toward building the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor. His support attracted more donors to the then-fledgling fundraising efforts. The memorial opened a year later.

Graceland tour of Elvis Presley's home ind Memphis, Tennessee Career Museum Iconic White Jumpsuit

The iconic white jumpsuit.

Graceland tour of Elvis Presley's home ind Memphis, Tennessee Career Museum Film

You’ll learn more about Elvis Presley throughout the Memphis entertainment district.


That’s my tour of the historical and beautiful Graceland – Home of Elvis Presley. I hope you enjoyed this virtual tour until you get the opportunity to visit. And I hope you do! Graceland – Home of Elvis Presley lives up to its reputation as one of America’s top attractions. See my related post on the Top Things to do in Memphis, Tennessee.

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88 comments

  1. Although I’m not a big Elvis fan, I would love to visit Graceland. It looks like an interesting place and such a big part of rock and roll history. I’m planning to visit Memphis next year so this will have to go on the list. And maybe I’ll even try a peanut butter and banana sandwich

    1. Awesome! I hope you enjoy Graceland and learning more about Elvis Presley and his influence on music. And I loved the grilled langur butter and banana sandwich. So good!

  2. I’ve never really been an Elvis fan but Graceland looks like a beautiful building and a fascinating place to visit! Those rooms look like time capsules! Thanks for the great guide!

    1. Thank you! Graceland is definitely a time capsule for all things 70s. Loved learning more about Elvis Presley and his influence on music.

  3. I was never an Elvis fan but you have provided a lot of interesting information. I especially like your photos.

  4. That would be so fun to tour Graceland! Growing up I had everything Elvis. But not because I was a fan, but because I share the same birthday as him and people always got me Elvis related gifts! The decor is so over the top yet cool. Very 1970s! I had no idea he’d won awards for gospel music. I’d definitely want to try some of the BBQ before I left too!

    1. That’s so awesome you received Elvis-related gifts. Graceland definitely has a 70s vibe and I was surprised he won awards for his gospel music.

  5. I have never really thought about visiting Graceland. I was never really an Elvis fan but would still find this walk back through the 1970s to be fun. His home sure gives a view into how he lived. Your post gives a great view of what we would see on a visit.

  6. What a great post. Never thought about visiting Graceland, but now I would definitely consider putting it onto my itinerary. It looks like a great activity. Thanks for sharing.

  7. We enjoyed our visit to Graceland a few years ago… and you don’t even have to be an over-the-top Elvis fan. The history is fascinating for sure! The only thing we didn’t see what his private jet.

  8. I’ll always remember Elvis Presley for in my youth watching his movies. I think it’d be an amazing experience to visit Graceland. Did you see the maps of Australia in among the record wall?

    1. I watched a lot of his movies growing up Aldi. I did not notice the maps of Australia…I’ll have to look at my photos. I loved my visit to Graceland…learned so much about Elvis.

  9. What an amazing career Elvis had. I love how Graceland is so thoughtfully preserved and is on the National Registry of Historic Places. I think my favorite room is the jungle room. So unique.

    1. Elvis did have an amazing career and his legacy lives on as he still influences today’s music. I loved touring Graceland…one of the best things to do in Memphis.

  10. I’ve been to Graceland before but it’s been many many years. I don’t remember it being a complex or having food options! This was a great trip down memory lane. I’d love to return and re-experience it someday!!

    1. You’ll need to return to Graceland for a new experience. They opened up Elvis Presley’s Memphis, a 200,000-sq-ft entertainment complex, a few years ago. I enjoyed touring the exhibits…learned so much.

    1. I agree! Visiting Elvis Presley’s home is a must for music fans. And his grilled banana and peanut butter sandwich was amazing! So good!

  11. I’ve always wanted to visit Graceland – or even to know more about it. I often confuse it with the Dolly Patron and Michael Jackson places, but it looks so unique

  12. The first time I had heard of and considered visiting Graceland was when I saw a Christmas Lifetime movie about it, haha. Thanks for sharing all of these fun facts and photos; I felt like I was there! Xx Sara

    1. Thank you! That’s so cool about the Christmas Lifetime movie. I’ll have to watch it. I hope you get the opportunity to visit Graceland – it’s a great way to learn more about Elvis Presley and his influence in music history.

  13. I was lucky enough to get to visit Graceland a few years ago. It was so packed with people it was challenging to walk through. Looks like you had a great time. I enjoyed seeing the pictures as it reminded me of our trip.

    1. Thank you. That’s awesome you were able to visit Graceland. Fortunately, there were no crowds when I visited. I learned so much about Elvis Presley.

    1. Awesome! I took the Elvis Experience Tour, which gives you access to 10 museum exhibits plus the planes exhibit as well as the mansion tour. The skip-the-line pass may be worth it if you’re going during a busy season, but I didn’t have to wait at all.

  14. I visited Memphis years ago and completely agree that visiting Graceland is a must. It’s such a time capsule with all the old 1970s furnishings and much smaller than I expected. Love all your facts about Elvis! Sounds like you learned a lot!

    1. Thank you so much! Happy to hear this guide to Graceland – the home of Elvis Presley will provide value. I loved Memphis and this is one of the top things to do.

  15. I grew up hearing about Graceland but have never visited. Looks like quite the place – that billiards room is a lot to take in! Also, peanut butter and banana sandwiches are often my lunch, but I’ve never thought to grill them. Perhaps I’ll have to try it Elvis’ way.

    1. I loved my tour of Graceland and Elvis’ grilled peanut butter and banana sandwich. So good! And that billiards room had a lot going on…definitely the 70s!

  16. I remember visiting when I was very young, but would like to revist one day. He was so handsome when younger, a real heartthrob you would say!

    1. Elvis was very handsome back in the day. Graceland has a fairly new 200,000-sq-ft entertainment complex with lots of cool museums. So it may be worth a revisit.

  17. Being a huge fan of Elvis (seen all his movies numerous times), visiting his home is on my bucket list. Graceland looks beautiful and a wonderful museum to the king of rock n roll.

  18. I had no idea there were other museums and such about Elvis Presley near his Graceland home. I would love to see Graceland in person just because I love old houses. This guide will be very helpful when planning our trip.

    1. So awesome to hear! Highly recommend touring Graceland and all the cool and interesting museum exhibits. Learned so much about Elvis and his influence in music history.