Elvis Presley’s Graceland estate still stuns his fans and is worth a look inside
The Graceland estate, which belongs to the King of Rock ‘n Roll, is the second-most visited building in the United States of America.
Elvis Presley’s home in Memphis, Tennessee, has been turned into a tourist attraction after he passed away on August 16, 1977, from a drug overdose.
Graceland welcomes more than 650,000 visitors annually, second only to the White House. It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 2006, reported Shared.
The estate, which welcomed its 20 millionth visitor in May 2016, is owned by Elvis’ daughter, Lisa Marie Presley. Visitors are transported to another era and can get a glimpse what a typical day was in the singer’s life.
The property houses a 23-room main building that includes eight bedrooms, and bathrooms, a living room, a music room, dining room, a ‘jungle’ room, a kitchen, a swimming pool, a Trophy Building, and a Meditation Garden.
The 17,552-square-foot property also has a stable for horses, a shooting range, and a chance to learn about things Elvis was passionate about, such as cars and planes.
He was laid to rest alongside his parents in the Meditation Garden, while the last Christmas gift he received from his father, a painting, is showcased in the living room.
The kitchen was opened two years after his aunt, Delta, passed away in 1993.
One can also see a glimpse of his father, Vernon’s bedroom. Elvis placed a great importance on family, he, therefore invited his parents to occupy a suite on the main floor of the house.
The jungle room with an indoor waterfall was originally his recording studio which he transformed in the mid-sixties.
The Trophy Building was added much later during a renovation project and includes his famous outfits, Priscilla’s wedding dress, and his daughter’s toy chest.
The singer’s living quarters, the bedrooms and bathroom on the second floor, are not open to the public out of respect for Elvis’s memory and his family.
Elvis’ body was found in the bathroom joining the main bedroom on the second floor. Two other rooms, his private study and wardrobe room, are not open to the public either.
The singing legend spent a lot of his time in the Meditation Garden, his haven whenever he needed time by himself. It is only fitting that his body was laid to rest in this garden.
Visitors to Graceland can also see Elvis’ collection of cars, including his favorite, a pink Cadillac. The Automobile Museum opened in 1989, about 12 years after his death.
The estate also houses his custom planes, The Lisa Marie and the Hound Dog II. Elvis was adored his fleet of the plans and even had them equipped with bathrooms, kitchens, and bedrooms with plush carpeting and upholstery.