After spending our first night in the Heartbreak Hotel, we got up, ate breakfast, and walked over to pick up our tickets to the Graceland Mansion and other exhibits.

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Ticket acquired! At each exhibit, they tear off that part of the ticket. Pretty neat idea, if I do say so myself!

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The next thing you do is get your picture taken at the gates of Graceland- HA! It is actually a backdrop at the gates because you have to ride a bus across the street to the mansion.

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For the tour, you have headphones and an MP3 player to wear so you can listen to the tour of the mansion. It was nice but I found it difficult to take pictures, pay attention to what was being said through my headphones, and read the other stuff in the exhibit. I just can’t multitask like that. 😦

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Sam LOVED those headphones and learned to see the number on the signs and find it on his player. High tech 3 year old!

We are about to enter Graceland Mansion!!

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I have actually had photo books made of our trip so I will not put a whole lot of detail into these pictures. I will just try to post one of each of the rooms and some other fun ones as I see fit. 🙂

The first room (aka peacock room)

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His mom’s bedroom

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The stairs to the private second floor- Elvis didn’t even allow friends up there. When the family comes to visit, they still stay up there. He died in the bathroom up there, too… just an FYI. Another fun tidbit, when people die on the toilet paramedics call it “Elvis”ing. Kind of funny, kind of weird, all at the same time.

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The dining room (with my parent’s fine china pattern on the table- neat!)

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The large carpeted (?!) kitchen

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The NO Saints Room (ok, not really- it was a room for entertaining. It was black and yellow though.) 🙂

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The pool room covered in fabric on the walls and ceiling

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The infamous “jungle room”

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Lisa Marie’s playset

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Listening to the tour and taking pictures (I will have a post fully dedicated to Sam’s camera a bit later)

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Where Elvis would do radio interviews

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Elvis was actually born in Tupelo, MS. This is a miniature replica of the shotgun-style house he lived in until they moved to Memphis.

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The back of the house

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The smokehouse Elvis would periodically use as a firing range

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The backyard (where Priscilla’s horse and another horse are stabled)

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A newspaper article published on my birthday (many years before I was born)

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Sam is a hands-on type reader

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Tons of memorbilia

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Hotel Bill

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The trophy room (appropriately named)

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Sam liked the boot trophies the best

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Movie and clothing

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Elvis and Priscilla’s wedding clothes right beside Elvis’ US Army uniform

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Lisa Marie’s baby clothes

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I didn’t know just how generous Elvis was. This is a plaque showing some of the people/programs he helped.

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Bank notes where he paid off various debts for people and made contributions

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Hands-on reading again…

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The jumpsuits cracked me up

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Swimming pool (I wonder what the person who maintains it thinks of it- knowing that no one swims in it)

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My dad taking a picture of me taking a picture of him

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The racquetball building

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The room where he and friends would gather to sing hymns- which he died the morning of the day that he died.

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They have converted the racquetball court into a place to display more awards. If you can imagine the size of a racquetball court then you can almost imagine just how many awards were packed into this room. Insane!

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One of the horses

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The other horse

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A big monument given by friends

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The Presley family are all buried here. This was the slowest part of the tour because you had to stand in line as people read each grave marker.

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Still listening…

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Sam taking a picture of me taking a picture of him

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Elvis’ twin brother…

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Elvis’ mom…

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Elvis’ dad…

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Elvis (he was actually buried at another cemetery but he and other family were dug up a few weeks later and moved to Graceland out of fear of vandalism)

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Elvis’ grandma (who outlived them all)…

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The front of the mansion

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Tour of Graceland… CHECK!

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One of the gates on our way out…

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🙂
Steph