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37 Things To Do At Graceland

37 Things to Do at Graceland
Elvis Presley’s Graceland opened to the public 37 years ago today, on June 7, 1982.
Since then, more than 21 million people have walked through the door, the experience has evolved and delved deeper into Elvis’ life, the campus has more than doubled and – best of all – Graceland has helped continue and strengthen Elvis’ legacy. New fans are made every day as they explore the mansion and Graceland’s museums and exhibits.
Need a list of fun things to do here at Graceland? Good – we have 37 of them (and they are in no particular order!)
Walk in the Footsteps of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll
Elvis could’ve lived anywhere he wanted – but he wanted to live in Memphis, and, specifically, Graceland. You can feel Elvis’ spirit in each room, from the cozy Living Room to the colorful Jungle Room. Pictures don’t do it justice. You have to be here to feel it – to believe it – to experience it – for yourself.
Leave Elvis a ‘love letter’ on the Graceland wall
For decades, fans have signed the wall in front of Graceland on Elvis Presley Boulevard. Some just sign their names; some write tributes to Elvis. No matter what’s written – or in what language – it all adds up to one thing: it’s a wall full of love for Elvis.
Stand at the Gates of Graceland
Graceland’s musical gates have been iconic since Elvis had them installed in April 1957, just a month or so after he purchased the property. They’re totally unique, totally Elvis, totally the ultimate rock ‘n’ roll photo op.
Pay Your Respects to Elvis
Elvis Presley and his family are buried at the Meditation Garden at Graceland. Fans from around the globe bring flowers, teddy bears and other mementos to leave at his grave. It’s a special chance for fans to say thank you to the man who changed their lives forever with his music.
See the Stagewear
Elvis knew how to get your attention on stage – not just with his voice, dance moves or good looks. His eye-catching stagewear always made a statement. Here at Elvis Presley’s Memphis at Graceland, you can get up-close-and-personal with Elvis’ jumpsuits, gold lamé suit and ’68 Special outfits. You can actually walk around them and pick out details you may not have otherwise noticed.
Get Your Motor Running in Presley Motors
When you think of Elvis, you think of the music, the movies, the performances – and the car. Elvis’ famous Pink Cadillac – and many more in the king’s cluster of cars – are on display at Presley Motors at Elvis Presley’s Memphis. Like the jumpsuits, you can walk around them and check out every detail. Walk next door to Presley Cycles to check out Elvis’ motorcycles, boats, golf carts and more.
Wonder at the Wall of Gold
You’re an Elvis fan. You know he sold billions of records worldwide. You know he’s the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll. You just know that, right? You think you do, and then you see the wall of awards and Gold Records in Elvis: The Entertainer Career Museum. It is guaranteed to take your breath away.
Climb Aboard the Lisa Marie and Hound Dog II
Does your favorite rock star have his own plane? OK, maybe they do – but can you climb aboard? You can when you visit Elvis’ airplanes at Graceland. The smaller aircraft, the Hound Dog II, features a fun lemon-lime interior, but the Lisa Marie is where it’s at. From gold-flecked sinks to a bar to a bed, the Lisa Marie is truly the king’s “flying Graceland.”
Check Out the Graceland Exhibition Center
Graceland’s latest addition to the campus truly has something for everyone. This new facility opened last month and will feature an ever-rotating line up of exhibits. They aren’t directly Elvis-related, so even the non-Elvis fan in your life will find something to enjoy at Graceland (we would ask why you have a non-Elvis fan in your life, but hey, that’s your business). Still, Elvis fans can find connections to the king in the current line-up of exhibits, which include Muhammed Ali: Greatest of All Time (Ali and Elvis were friends!); A Century of the American Motorcycle (Elvis loved motorcycles!); and National Geographic Presents: Earth Explorers (Elvis loved to learn!). Plus, the GEC offers two new dining options – the TCB Food Hall and the Jungle Room Bar, which features furniture that are exact replicas of the furniture in the real Jungle Room.
Eat like a True Southerner
There’s nothing like Southern soul food, and you’ll find it here at Graceland. At Elvis Presley’s Memphis, we have restaurants named after Elvis’ parents: Gladys’ Diner and Vernon’s Smokehouse. Get a taste of authentic Memphis barbecue at Vernon’s, or head over to Gladys’ for a bite of Elvis’ favorite food – the grilled peanut butter and banana sandwich. Yum.
Party Like an Ultimate VIP
Are you the ultimate Elvis fan? Then you must take the Ultimate VIP tour when you are here at Graceland. This tour is for those who want to do it all, for those who want to learn even more about Elvis, for those who want a true once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Rock ‘n’ Roll with Graceland Live
Memphis’ hottest new music venues are right where they should be – Graceland. Graceland has partnered with LiveNation to bring live music and comedy to The Soundstage at Graceland and The Guest House Theater. Since its launch in March, everyone from the likes of Violent Femmes, X, George Thorogood & the Destroyers and Bret Michaels have performed here. Our upcoming shows include the pop band Why Don’t We, singer-songwriters Boz Scaggs and Don McLean, gospel great Kirk Frankliln and rock ‘n’ roll icon Pat Benatar with her husband, Neil Giraldo, and their full band. Keep up-to-date with the upcoming shows at, and sign up for LiveFeed for the latest!
Stay in The Guest House at Graceland
If Graceland had a guest house, what would it be like? That’s the very idea behind Graceland’s resort hotel, The Guest House at Graceland. You’ll feel like you’re staying at the king’s guest house, with lots of rock ‘n’ roll interior design elements and Elvis movies screening in the theater. Maybe guests’ favorite thing about staying here? The nightly peanut butter and jelly station.
See the King’s Horses
Elvis loved horses, and he kept the stables at Graceland full while he lived here. We keep that tradition alive, and Graceland’s stables are home to four rescue horses, Tucker, Max, Bandit and Duke. Look for them out in the pasture on a pretty day!
Private Presley
At the height of Elvis’ fame, he was called up by Uncle Sam to serve his country. In our Private Presley exhibit at Elvis Presley’s Memphis, you can see Elvis’ army fatigues and helmets and the set of bongo drums that Priscilla gave Elvis not long after they met in Germany. There’s also a fun, interactive wall full of music that Elvis’ record label released while Elvis was in service to keep the fans hungry for more.
King of Generosity
The casual Elvis fan may not realize how much Elvis donated to charity. In Elvis: The Entertainer Career Museum, there’s a section dedicated to Elvis’ charitable donations – which often added up to hundreds of thousands of dollars a year. If Elvis inspires you to give like the king, you can do so right there from the museum with iPads set up to take donations for a few of Elvis’ favorite Memphis charities.
Learn about Lisa Marie
What was it like to grow up as the daughter of Elvis Presley? Find out in Lisa Marie: Growing Up Presley, a new exhibit at Elvis Presley’s Memphis. The exhibit tells Lisa’s life story, with toys from her childhood to artifacts from her music career, and a few personal family items.
A Room Full of Inspiration
Dewayne “The Rock” Johnson said of Elvis, “Women wanted him, men wanted to BE him, or just hang out with him.” So true. At Elvis Presley’s Memphis, there’s an exhibit called ICONS: The Influence of Elvis Presley, which features artifacts from actors and musicians who found inspiration in the king. Johnson has his own version of the American Eagle Jumpsuit in the exhibit, and you’ll also find John Lennon’s piano. The best part about this exhibit is that younger fans – who are into acts like Blake Shelton, Post Malone, Kristin Chenoweth, the Pistol Annies or KISS – can see how Elvis directly influenced their favorite stars.
Access the Archives
Have you ever wanted to dig through the Graceland Archives? Now you can. At our Archives Experience exhibit at Elvis Presley’s Memphis, you can go through drawer after drawer of files, documents, souvenirs, and more – and you can see how the Archives team stores these items. You can also see some cool Elvis artifacts, like some of his stereo equipment, Elvis merchandise and a certain famous TV set with a bullet hole in the screen.
Shop Til You Drop
Elvis collectors from around the world love coming to Graceland to get the latest Elvis goods! Our gift shops feature a wide variety of Elvis and Graceland T-shirts, jewelry, kitchenware, beach towels, handbags, CDs, DVDs, collectibles, home décor, games… and so much more. If you want to dress like the king, visit the Haberdashery, where you can replicas of Elvis’ clothes and jewelry. You can’t be an Elvis fan without your own TCB or TLC necklace… just sayin’.
Go on the Air
Sandwiched between ICONS and the Archives Experience is the SiriusXM Elvis Radio booth. Elvis Radio broadcasts live, and you can stop in to meet the DJs, say hi to Elvis fans on the air or play the weekly trivia game.
Take an Excursion
Elvis Presley was born in Tupelo, Mississippi, about 90 miles southeast of Memphis. If you’re at Graceland and you want to see how it all started, hop on our gold luxury motorcoach and take a Graceland Excursion to Tupelo.
A Graceland Archivist will lead the tour and make sure you have a fun (and educational!) journey, and while in Tupelo, you’ll tour Elvis’ birthplace; Fairpark, where Elvis performed at the Tupelo Fairgrounds in the 1950s; and Tupelo Hardware, where Elvis got his first guitar. Book your Graceland Excursion now.
Celebrate the Holidays at Graceland
Graceland is beautiful no matter the time of year, but the mansion really sparkles at Christmas. We still use Elvis’ original Christmas decorations and lights to decorate the mansion inside and out, which makes tours even more special during the holiday season. We kick off the holidays with our annual Holiday Lighting Ceremony, and the celebrations continue with our new Holiday Concert Weekend, which features live concerts featuring Elvis’ holiday hits, gospel favorites and rock ‘n’ roll tracks.
Pay Tribute to the King
Elvis fans find a million creative ways to express their love for the king. For Elvis Tribute Artists, they showcase their love for Elvis on stage – in a jumpsuit, with Elvis’ mannerisms and movements memorized and perfected. Elvis tribute artists know they aren’t Elvis and they aren’t trying to replace him – they just want to share the love with fellow Elvis fans. See the world’s best tribute artists at Graceland, with the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest during Elvis Week or during the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Weekend in March. It’s a fun way to celebrate the king’s music!
Elvis Week
Did someone say Elvis Week? Elvis Week is Graceland’s – and the world’s – ultimate Elvis celebration. Fans from all over the world come to Memphis to celebrate the king’s life and legacy with concerts, panels, special guests and, of course, the Candlelight Vigil. Lifelong friendships and even a few romances were started during Elvis Week. It’s a great reminder that no matter how different we may all be, we’re all Elvis fans.
Elvis Week 2019 tickets are on sale now – see the schedule, list of guests and get tickets at
Happy Birthday, Elvis
Graceland is ground zero for fans who want to celebrate everything Elvis – even his birthday. Every January, we celebrate Elvis’ birthday with a cake fit for a king, plus concerts and special guests. One of the most special moments happens on the morning of January 8, as hundreds of fans sing “Happy Birthday” to Elvis on the Graceland lawn.
Creating Little Elvises
Some of Elvis’ biggest fans haven’t even graduated high school yet, and they already know they want to follow in the footsteps of the king. At Graceland’s Performing Arts Camp, which takes place at Graceland in July, gives these young fans a chance to learn about singing, dancing and acting from both Memphis and Broadway professionals. They can even perform at Graceland to showcase what they’ve learned. It’s a totally unique and rock ‘n’ roll summer camp experience that brings these young fans even closer to the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll.
It’s not too late to sign up for the 2019 summer camp – learn more and register now.
A Little Bit Country, a Little Bit Rock ‘n’ Roll
Country and rock ‘n’ roll music have a lot more in common than you might think. Country star Marty Stuart, a collector of country music memorabilia, teaches us just that in his Hillbilly Rock exhibit at Elvis Presley’s Memphis. The exhibit features just a small portion of his collection and shows how country and rock musicians influenced each other in the years leading up to Elvis’ success in the 1950s – and it shows how Elvis influences today’s country stars, too.
Lights, Camera, Action
Experience a real Hollywood TV set right here at Graceland! In our Hollywood Backlot exhibit, you can tour the sets of CMT’s “Sun Records.” There’s also a set built especially for the hit Hallmark Channel Original Movie “Christmas at Graceland,” which filmed at Graceland in summer 2018.
Love Me Tender
You can tour the Graceland mansion, you can tour Elvis’ planes, you can see his jumpsuits, awards and cars…. But your Graceland experience can go a step further when you and your honey get married at Graceland’s Chapel in the Woods! Our beautiful new chapel is located between The Guest House at Graceland and the mansion, and it offers a lovely, charming location for your nuptials or vow renewals.
The chapel was the star of the “Christmas at Graceland” sequel, “Wedding at Graceland.” First comes love, second comes marriage, right?
Learn more and start planning your wedding at
Have a Unique Experience at Graceland
Graceland’s special events and themed weekends offer fans the chance to do something awesome – meet with the stars of their favorite soap opera, see sneak peeks of upcoming Hallmark Channel movies, go to a sock hop, enjoy Fourth of July fireworks – all at Graceland! Coming up this month, we have the Fabulous 50s Weekend, featuring a Chubby Checker concert, a sock hop and more; in July, we’re celebrating Independence Day with fireworks, concerts and more.
This year fans enjoyed the “General Hospital” and Hallmark Channel Fan Celebration Weekends. Not only do you get to do something cool – but it’s also happening at Graceland, which takes the cool factor to infinity and beyond.
If you’ve ever wanted your own authentic Elvis artifact, be sure to bid in our Graceland Auctions. The items in these auctions are owned by third-party collectors. The lots include everything from jewelry to rare recordings to signed documents and photos. These auctions actually also give Graceland the chance to bid on important items for the Graceland Archives. Some of the items in the auctions have been won by Graceland and then go on display. Graceland Auctions typically take place during Elvis Week and the Elvis Birthday Celebration.
Scouts Rock at Graceland
If you have a Boy Scout or Girl Scout in your family, listen up – they would love Scouts Rock at Graceland! Scouts Rock is a day for Scouts to tour Graceland and learn more about Elvis – plus they can check out local organizations and vendors at Elvis Presley’s Memphis.
Scouts sing karaoke, get up-close-and-personal with wildlife, learn about music and much more. There’s nothing quite like it out there for Scouts, so be sure to mark your calendar for March 28, 2020 – next year’s Scouts Rock date!
Let a Fellow Elvis Fan Lead You Through the Mansion
One of the coolest aspects of touring Graceland is that you are lead through the mansion using a state-of-the-art iPad tour, and it’s narrated by an Elvis fan you know and love – John Stamos! Uncle Jesse himself takes you through the mansion, and there are plenty of home videos to watch and exclusive interviews with Lisa Marie and Priscilla that really tell the full story of the mansion.
Graceland is Selfie Heaven
Picture or it didn’t happen, right? No one can resist taking the perfect selfie to show off your travels. Make your friends extra jealous of your Graceland experience with a photo in front of the mansion, inside the Jungle Room, or inside the colorful Pool Room. Get unique selfies in the mirrored hallways and ceilings at Graceland, too.
Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth
Need a sugar rush? Of course you do. Head over to Minnie Mae’s Sweets for some special treats.
Minnie Mae’s (named after Elvis’ grandma) features Elvis and Graceland candies – even peanut butter and banana cotton candy.
If that combination is your favorite, too, check out the peanut butter and banana ice cream!
Make the Ultimate Rock ‘n’ Roll Pilgrimage
In this great big world, there is only one Graceland. It’s the place Elvis called home, and it was truly his sanctuary from the world. It’s where he spent quality time with his family and friends and where he had impromptu gospel jam sessions.
He made the most out of the whole property, riding

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