Elvis Presley Graceland – An Historic Treasure
Graceland is a place revered by many. To Elvis fans around the world this stately, old colonial house on the outskirts of downtown Memphis is almost sacred.
Love for the King and the devotion to preserve his legacy are very much evident in and around Graceland as well as its visitor’s centre, both of which encompass a most fitting tribute to Elvis, his life and his music.
A visit to Graceland is like a pilgrimage to many Elvis fans. The King after all touched many people with his music, creating a cultural phenomenon like no other.
At the beginning of his career Elvis challenged the conventions of the staid, conservative 1950’s, climbing the charts with hit after hit while captivating audiences with his unique style and persona, propelling him to international super-stardom.
Admittedly, before visiting Graceland I never quite understood the fascination with Elvis. While my parents were big Elvis fans, I was only nine years old at the time of his unfortunate passing.
Maybe it’s because of this that his life and music never really resonated with me. A visit to Graceland changed that. Graceland is a wonderful tribute to Elvis and his times and I came away impressed, not just with Elvis the man but with the home and exhibits that make up this historic site.
When touring Graceland each visitor is equipped with earphones for a self-guided audio tour that takes you through the house room by room. This audio tour brought Graceland and its exhibits alive and I especially enjoyed the first hand accounts from Lisa Marie Presley of what life was like at the house.
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After this tour head back to the equally impressive visitor’s centre where Elvis’s planes and many cars are on display.
Whether you are an Elvis fan or not, this is one visit that I would highly recommend. Graceland is not just an Elvis attraction but more a national historic site to be treasured.
About the author: Todd Sturm hails from Wisconsin and currently lives in Brisbane, Australia. A travel writer and frequent contributor to Morethanroute66.com, Todd enjoys going off the beaten path and learning about a new destination through its history and by getting out and meeting the locals. His favourite destinations include historic sites, national parks and points of interest on and around the Great Lakes.