Born in the early 1950's I remember all the hoopla over Elvis Presley and his music. I remember that after seeing Elvis on TV I wanted to learn how to play guitar. By 1967 I was playing the guitar and although I was "into" folk rock by then I never lost my appreciation of Elvis's music. I saw his 1968 TV "Comeback Special" and as a result talked my rock band into incorporating some of Elvis' classics into our sets.
When Elvis died, I like many other fans, wanted to make a "pilgrimage" to Graceland. That didn't happen until October 27, 2012. I got to Graceland minutes before it opened and got a ticket for the first Mansion Tour of the day. The actual mansion was smaller than I had imagined but it does include the Billiard Room, the TV room and the legendary Jungle Room. It's a tight squeeze with a couple of tour groups in the Mansion at one time but people are pretty good about moving along. You can take still pictures without flash but you cannot taking moving pictures.
SOme of the other buildings on the Mansion grounds now contain displays and memorabilia that is all well worth seeing. Most of Elvis' platinum and gold records, Grammys and other awards are well displayed. You can also see the costumes he wore in his movies, the clothes he a Priscilla wore for their wedding as well as the "jumpsuits" that he favored for his Las Vegas Act.
My time was limited that day as I was flying home so there are somethings I didn't get to see but I'm glad I got to see the mansion and the surrounding property including the barns and the horses. Parking and entry can be a little pricey ($10.00 for parking and nearly $30.00 with a AAA discount) but for a ture Elvis fan it is worth the price of admission. Also you can't beat all the Elvis music you hear when on the property.
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