Visit Graceland from Your Memphis Hotel
Twelve miles south of downtown Memphis, Graceland is the Colonial-style home and estate once owned by Elvis Presley, which he bought for $100,000 in 1957 at the age of 22.
Surprisingly modest – considering the extent of Presley’s superstardom –Graceland is a marvellous tribute to 1970s tastes and fashions, with a highlight being its Polynesian-style Jungle Room, complete with tiki ornaments, leopard print upholstery, green shag pile carpets and an indoor waterfall.
Graceland tours start over the road at Graceland Plaza, where you board a minibus to take you across to the house. After an audio-guided tour, narrated in part by Priscilla and Lisa Marie Presley, you’ll pass through the building which houses Elvis’s glitzy Vegas stage costumes and other memorabilia, before heading back to Graceland Plaza for a visit to Presley’s automobile museum and collection of private planes.
Hotels close to Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee
If you’re looking for a Memphis, Tennessee hotel near Graceland, use Expedia’s search tool and map to narrow down the choice of where to stay. There’s an official Graceland hotel on site, but you’ll also find budget options nearby from the likes of Best Western, Days Inn and Motel 6, as well as a number of airport hotels, which are also well situated for Graceland.
Slightly further from Graceland, there’s a wider selection of accommodation in Downtown Memphis, including some huge grand old dames and other historic hotels. Just to the east, in Midtown, are familiar brands like Rodeway Inn and Holiday Inn Express, while over in East Memphis, you’ll find some mid-range choices from chains like Hampton Inn and Marriott.
Explore Elvis’s Memphis’s from Your Hotel
If you’re a hardcore Presley fan, take a tour of tiny Sun Studio, where legendary record producer Sam Phillips recorded Elvis performing “That’s All Right” in 1954.
You can also eat where Elvis ate, at the atmospheric and retro Arcade Restaurant in the South Main Historic District. This authentic diner, complete with comfy booths and formica tables, is the oldest restaurant in the city and has starred in many movies. You can even sit in Elvis’s favourite booth.