Fantastic Experience. I had a fantastic experience visiting Graceland. After discovering what a truly wonderful human being Elvis was, I became a true fan. Everyone says the decor in the mansion is tacky... well it was the style in the 60's and 70's!!! It was no more unusual back then the black lights and lava lamps. Even his now considered tacky costumes were the rage back then. Seveal artists copied his costumes in that time, such as The Jackson Five. My point is, don't dismiss going to the mansion just because someone called it tacky. It is truly a highly organized and heartful experience.
Respect the King!. Graceland offers a glimpse into the life of a man who still holds a special place in the heart of many people around the world. In addition to the mansion, the buildings behind the house display Elvis' many honors and tributes. Elvis was a philanthropist who never forgot from where he came. He was generous and kind, and it's sad that he met a shameful demise. This is a piece of Americana that should not be missed.
THE KING LIVES!!. IF YOU GET ANYWHERE NEAR MEMPHIS, YOU MUST SEE GRACELAND. IT TRULY WAS FIT FOR A KING! IT'S A LITTLE DISAPPOINTING THAT YOU AREN'T ABLE TO SEE EVERYTHING, BUT YOU GET MOST OF IT. YOU CAN FEEL THE MAGIC ELVIS PORTRAYED WHEN HE WAS ALIVE, EVEN TODAY.
Graceland is beautiful. and mysterious. For those that have never toured or experienced Graceland, you gotta at least experience it. If you don't like your experience, don't go back. However, if you do enjoy your experience, then tell others of it. I find Graceland truly amazing and to know that Elvis once lived there with all those people around him that loved and cared about him. The safari room is a one of a kind. Linger there and you can almost feel all the energy that once abounded inside Graceland.
Long Live The King. Though never huge Elvis fans, we were reminded what a huge presence he was/is in American pop culture. The house is smaller than we imagined and, oh yeah, tacky! The tour is pricey, but well put together (after you get out of the "welcome center," which was poorly organized by blase employees). I dare anyone to not feel touched at the Memorial Garden. It was a wonderful walk through the past, and it shouldn't be missed.
Have to Do It!. The whole complex was worth it. Fair warning - pay VERY close attention to the tour numbers for line-up. The mansion was, as another reviewer said, incredibly tacky for the better part, but remember it was the 70's! The exhibits were interesting and the audio tour was very informative. The automobile museum was a lot of fun and the Sincerly Elvis exhibit was a little step back in time. The airplanes were worth the visit and you should stop in the shake shop to play with the jukebox and cool down. I could have done without what seemed to be the 800 gift shops, but hey they're trying to make money!
The King...of Tacky. I am not a huge Elvis fan, but when we were recently in the Memphis area, we figured we should go see Graceland. It's much smaller than I had imagined, but on the tacky scale, it's through the roof. I have never seen so much shag carpet, crushed velvet upholstery and ugly overwrought lamps and tables as there are in just the Jungle room alone. But, we went with the idea that it would be tacky fun and that the people-watching would be fun as well. We were not disappointed on either count. Go to see it once in your life, and don't take it too seriously.
Elvis Lives. Everyone in Memphis has a spirit that of Elvis is still alive. You can really feel it at Graceland. If you are a true Elvis fan...you must visit soon. The best thing to do is visit his home...learn about his styles and unique lifestyle then go to his car museum(close by) and see one of his true loves(automobiles). He has a great collection. Then...top it off by eating at his restaraunt downtown and eat his favorite recipies(fried peanut butter/banana sandwhich,fried pickles, and banana pudding). Then you can take home souveniors fom his gift shop in the restaraunt! PERFECT!
King Korn. The museum is worth the visit but the furnishings are flashy and tasteless. I think of Graceland as the King's Korny Kastle. No one could sing like Elvis though!
Are you an Elvis fan?. If you are a true Elvis fan, you might like visiting Graceland. It is a relatively small home with the worst decor I have ever seen. Except for the Elvis trivia you learn (for which you don't have to visit Graceland) I'd pass on this one.
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