As the Paul Simon song says, for reasons I cannot explain there's some part of me wants to see Graceland...
I have never been that big of an Elvis fan, but I have always wanted to see Graceland. I was expecting a sort of Elvis Disneyland, something incredibly tacky, and instead I got quite a lovely momument to Elvis in the house...and the rest some well organised tack.
The tour involves Elvis' house, several exhibitions about various aspects of his life, including his cars, movies and the 1968 comback special. The tacky aspect is the several diners and the 11 (I asked) gift shops. However, this is to be expected at an attraction like this. Some of the other people in my group found it a little disrespectful that the graves are on show, but I felt that this is done for many famous people around the world such as JFK and Lenin and it's generally done as a mark of respect. There is a real sense of the man rather than the icon and the staff are to be commended as they are (as well as very friendly and helpful) very concientious about making sure people are respectful of his life. The various exhibits are really informative and cover all of Elvis' career. There isn't a lot a lot about the early days, but if you're in Memphis already, a visit to Sun Studios is also and must and fills in any gaps.
I went as part of an organised tour and so parking wasn't an issue for me, but if you are bringing a car, be aware the area isn't the best, so lock up well!
A definite must for all Elvis fans, an in depth portrayal of his life. It's a self-guided audio tour so you can take your time and if you don't arrive an Elvis fan, you'll leave one!