I was never a big Elvis fan - I like a few of his bluesy/soul songs - and I was ambivalent about what Graceland might offer .... BUT I really enjoyed the 3.5 hours spent on the platinum tour - despite the crowds.
The mansion is not as big as I expected and is set on beautifully landscaped grounds that served as Elvis' private getaway oasis from the fans and outside world.
The house is just about as he left it and you get to see everything except the private upstairs bedrooms / living which is closed out of respect to Elvis and family.
The Elvis story is well told with literally 1000's and 1000's of pieces - we chose the self guided audio tour which was well worth the little extra $'s.
The outbuildings, pool and horse paddocks are beautifully maintained.
We had a laugh at some of the 70's decor such as shag pile carpet on the floor, walls and roof - but that was the rage.
We were blown away with the stories of genuine generosity of Elvis, his struggle for reassurance he 'still had it' and the success he had in such a relatively short life.
The 'reflection area' and burial sites for Elvis and family is beautifully done and poignant.
A tour well worth the effort and the crowds dissipated after the first part in the mansion.
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