It’s hard to believe that it’s already been a month since we went on our epic Kentucky road trip! We had visiting Graceland as a high priority on our bucket list for this trip, so we had to make a stop in Memphis. We spent most of our vacation with family, but George and I really wanted to see Memphis so we decided to stay there for one night and do our own thing. We knew that the thing to see in Memphis was Graceland, so we had to go! Let me preface this post by saying that I am not a huge Elvis Presley fan – he lived and died before I was ever born, so I didn’t get to experience his legacy in real time. George and I were definitely some of the youngest people visiting! However – we both enjoyed touring Graceland so much more than we expected. We spent over three hours there just looking at everything and taking it all in. Pro tip – the Graceland website says they close at 5pm, but that’s just when the last tour starts. We were there well past 6pm and it was awesome to see everything with no crowds!
The house part of the tour is really interesting because everyone is given an iPad and headphones that walk you through each room. There’s no official tour guide so that everyone can go at their own pace. The iPad tour also includes clips and snippets from Elvis’ home life, interviews, concerts, movies, etc. so you can watch as much extra content as you want. I personally enjoyed watching all the clips. It was nice to stop every once in a while and just listen to an Elvis song in your ears while you take it all in. The house was so cool and funky (as pictured above), and it was such an amazing experience to see Elvis’ home preserved in time just like how it was in the 70’s.
George and I also paid extra to see the automobile museum and the airplanes. We figured we might not ever visit again, so why not splurge? The automobile museum has several of Elvis’ vehicles on display (cars, motorcycles and even a tractor!). My personal favorite was the pink Cadillac, of course. The two airplanes were also fascinating to see because the interiors (including the cockpits) just look so old fashioned. I know the 70’s weren’t that long ago, but man…tastes have changed!
If you are ever visiting Memphis, or just driving through, I would definitely recommend a visit to Graceland no matter how old you are. I also wish we could have spent more time in Memphis because there were other things we wanted to do but didn’t have time for (like visiting pandas at the zoo!). We did have some delicious food at Central BBQ and enjoyed visiting the bars and shops on Beale Street. We splurged on our one night in Memphis for a stay at the Peabody Hotel to help celebrate George’s birthday. We got to see the famous Peabody duck march in the morning before we left town, which was so cute and definitely a memorable way to end our trip.
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