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Graceland: Elvis Presley's Living Monument

Reviewing: Elvis Presley's Graceland Mansion And Exhibits Tour  |  Rating:
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Elvis Presley's Graceland Estate is one of the 'Must Visit' places in the United States. It is a living memorial to the "King of Rock and Roll'.

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Although he was born in Tupelo Mississippi, Elvis and his family moved to Memphis, Tennessee when he was 13 years old. Elvis bought Graceland when he was 22 years-old (in 1957) for $100, 000.

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The Elvis Automobile Museum, his private airplanes, several special exhibit halls, along with the ticket office and secure parking are in the visitor's center across the street from the 13.8 acre estate and mansion. When you buy your tickets you are given a time to board a shuttle bus and take the self-guided audio tour. The audio tour is very good and it allows you to go at your own pace and repeat portions if desired.

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The mansion itself is not really very large, and the upstairs is not available to tour, but the exhibits, grounds, and grave make for a very interesting experience. Although I really was never a big Elvis fan, I found my visit to Graceland very informative and enjoyable.

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There are several ticket packages available. The full adult price for the intermediate (Platinum) package is about $34. There are a variety of discounts available (Seniors, students, youth, military, AAA). Children under 6 are free.