I've never thought of myself as much of an Elvis fan, but since I'm only about 60 miles away from Memphis and Graceland, I decided to do the tour. It is very cool, and I would recommend it to anyone who's thinking about coming to Tennessee.
Elvis bought Graceland for his parents, paternal grandmother and himself in March of 1957. He was only 22 and bought it for $102,500. It's amazing how much fame and success he gained at such an early age.
The picture in the middle is at the base of the staircase. The tour does not take you upstairs because the family wanted to keep some things private.
The picture on the left is the famous "Jungle Room." The round chair with the stuffed animal on it was a favorite of Lisa Marie's. Just like every other room in the house, the jungle room has a true 70's feel, complete with green shag carpet on the ceiling. In February of 1976, RCA brought in a mobile recording studio so Elvis could record songs in his own home. That October, he recorded his last single "Way Down" in this room.
Elvis, his grandmother, father and mother are all buried at Graceland. There is also a headstone for his brother Jessie, Elvis's twin who died at birth. People stand in line forever just to get a picture of this.
Elvis died on August 16, 1977. He was found by his girlfriend, Ginger Alden, in the upstairs bathroom. He died of a heart attack, and they say several kinds of prescription drugs were found in his body.
To this day, people still cry at his grave site. It is a truly powerful tour that gives you great insight into his life and career.