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Memphis, Tennessee

Yes, it's all still here: the Musical Note gates; the Jungle Room with the avocado green shag carpeting on the ceiling; the family graves out back. The toilet of death is still not included on the self-guided tour, but maybe, some day....

Graceland has spilled across the street in recent years, forcing out the small shops that used to sell Elvis-head booties and Elvis photos lacquered onto wood. In their place are a slew of satellite museums where you can see the King's pink Cadillac and jeep, his tour bus, his big private jet -- and buy a whole slew of new, Graceland-approved souvenirs that are only marginally less tacky than the old ones, and somehow not as much fun.

Elvis Presley and family graves.

The brick walls along the property line of Graceland are covered with the graffiti signatures of fans.

Beginning in 2014, the old Graceland audio tour was phased out in favor of an iPad tour voiced by John "Full House" Stamos. The seven-story Heartbreak Hotel, which opened in 1999, closed for good in October 2016.

Also see: Tupelo, MS: Birthplace of Elvis



Elvis Presley Blvd, Memphis, TN
I-55 exit 5B onto Elvis Presley Blvd, then south one mile. Entrance on the right.
M-Sa 9-5, Su 9-4 (Call to verify)
$58 for mansion + museums. Plus $10 to park.
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