The Elvis lover's guide to vacationing in Memphis
Memphis has many attractions. These include the Mississippi River, the Civil Rights Museum and the extraordinary Peabody Ducks, just to name a few. But, none of the city's many sites draws as many visitors as Graceland and the other places in the city associated with Elvis Presley. If you're an Elvis fan headed to Memphis this summer, here are the places you won't want to miss:
- Graceland. The house where Elvis lived from 1957 until he died draws more than 500,000 visitors each year and is the most popular tourist attraction in Memphis. Visitors to Graceland can tour the basement and first floor of the home as well as the grounds, and view the huge collection of Elvis memorabilia and artifacts. Elvis' grave site is also located on the property.
- Sun Studio. The Union Street studio where 18-year-old Elvis recorded his first record in 1953 is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a popular tourist attraction. An "X" marks the spot at Sun Studio where Elvis make that recording that changed the shape of music.
- Arcade Restaurant. Located in downtown Memphis, the Arcade Restaurant is the city's oldest eatery and a favorite Elvis haunt. The 1950s-style diner looks just like it did in Elvis' day and you can sit it the same booths where the "king" once sat.
Seeing where Elvis lived and worked gives a whole new dimension to his music. If you're a fan, don't miss a visit to his old haunts in Memphis.
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