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Graceland

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Graceland

Memphis, Tennessee

Put on your blue suede shoes and touch down at Memphis’ Graceland mansion, the beloved home of Elvis Presley. Just outside of downtown, the mansion sees more than 600,000 visitors each year. Be sure to marvel at the front gate -- designed to look like a book of sheet music -- complete with green musical notes and a silhouette of The King himself. Visit some of Elvis’ favorite spots on the property, including the Jungle Room den and the Meditation Garden.  


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