After about a 7 hour drive, we arrived in Memphis. The hotel is full of Elvis. Pictures are everywhere, including over the bed. The fitness center is called Kid Galahad's (after the title character in one of his movies). The bar is the Jungle Room, named for the infamous room at Graceland. The computer center in the lobby is the TCB Center (that's Taking Care of Business for those who don't know Elvis's motto).
Tired after a long day, we walked across the parking lot to the Rock & Roll Cafe for dinner. Turns out they have a free show Wednesday through Saturday with a local Elvis impressionist, who also does impressions of other artists from that era. He treated us to plenty of Elvis songs, along with Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison and more. He even dedicated a song to us for our anniversary.
|Elvis impressionist Tim Rowland|
Through the hotel we were able to book the Memphis Music Experience tour. I highly recommend the package if you are at all interested in music.
It included a tour of Graceland, of course.
|Graceland in the morning sun|
Graceland is a fascinating snap shot in time, preserved as it was in 1977 when Elvis died, with a few outbuildings renovated to display his many awards and memorabilia. For a mansion, it's actually fairly small. It's obvious real people lived there.
|On the mirrored stairs down to the basement at Graceland|
The trophy building and racquetball building have walls of photos, gold and platinum records, his Grammys, clothing, and costumes.
|A wall of gold & platinum records over jumpsuits|
|Just 1 wall of gold & platinum records|
|Elvis's grave in the Meditation Garden|
|The gate at Graceland|
|Outside Sun Records|
|B.B. King's guitar at the Museum of Rock & Soul|
|On our carriage ride around downtown Memphis|
|Elvis statue on Beale St.|