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Graceland

Graceland, the home of Elvis Presley © Joseph Novak
Graceland, the home of Elvis Presley © Joseph Novak

The second-most visited house in the United States after the White House, the Graceland Mansion was home to a world leader of a different kind, the 'King of Rock 'n Roll', Elvis Presley.

Today, thousands of fans of all ages travel to Memphis to tour the house, grounds, and visit the musical icon's grave. The house has been kept as close as possible to how it was when Elvis lived there. Mansion tours are offered with audio players describing the rooms and memorabilia, including Elvis' trophy building that houses all of his awards, trophies, and platinum records.

Just outside the mansion is the Elvis Presley Automobile Museum containing the star's renowned 1955 pink Cadillac. 32 other cars that were owned by Elvis are lined up along a recreation of a tree-lined street complete with a 1950's drive-in theatre, a collection of Elvis' personal belongings, and a re-creation of an airport terminal where the singer's two private jets are on display.

Graceland Plaza offers several dining options for visitors, most with a focus on 1950's and 1960's diner-style food, including some of Elvis' favourites like the infamous deep-fried peanut butter, banana and bacon sandwich.

As of 2006, Graceland joined the White House, Mount Vernon, and Monticello as a National Historic Landmark, the USA's highest designation for historic properties, usually accorded to the homes of American presidents. Long live the King.

Address: Elvis Presley Boulevard

E-mail: Graceland@Graceland.com

Website: www.graceland.com

Telephone: +800 238 2000

Admission: General admission: $64 adult, $32 children, other concessions available.