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The Ultimate Elvis Presley Road Trip

Elvis Presley Birthplace, Tupelo, Mississippi (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)
Elvis Presley Birthplace, Tupelo, Mississippi (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)
Sun Studios, Memphis, Tennessee (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)
Sun Studios, Memphis, Tennessee (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)
Graceland, Memphis, Tennessee (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)
Graceland, Memphis, Tennessee (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

Follow the life and adventures of the famous Elvis Presley on this road trip! Explore the King of Rock and Roll’s popular hangouts and his homes. Trace his life from the humble beginnings in northern Mississippi to his mansion in Memphis!

Elvis Presley Birthplace

Born at this site on January 8, 1935, Elvis Presley began his life in the small southern town of Tupelo, Mississippi. His uncle and his father, Vernon had built the home that still stands today. It was a simple two bedroom residence that Elvis lived in with his father and mother Gladys.

Due to the Great Depression, money was scarce especially for the young family starting out. When Elvis was just a few years old the family had to leave this site because of the inability to make payments.

Also nearby are several statues of Elvis as a child and the church that the family attended during their time in Tupelo. For more information about visiting the Elvis Presley Birthplace, please click here.

Graceland

Immortalized as the home of Elvis A. Presley, Graceland stands in the southern edge of Memphis, Tennessee. He purchased the home in 1957 and at that time the home was still in the country.

It was at this home that many of his family came to live with him as his music career was booming. Over the years the Presley’s built structures and greatly remodeled the interior of the home.

When Elvis died in 1977, the estate eventually fell to the control of his daughter, Lisa Marie. Her mother Priscilla turned the home into a museum and saved the home from being lost in debt.

Today millions of people still go to Graceland to tour to home and grounds of the popular singer. For more information about Graceland, please visit the official website here.

The Arcade Restaurant

Founded in 1919, the Arcade Restaurant is Memphis’ oldest cafĂ©. It is also the place that Elvis frequently visited during his times spent in the city. A booth has been marked at what was his regular spot.

Also at this restaurant was where Mr. Presley ordered his favorite peanut butter and banana sandwich. You can order the same one during your visit!

For more information about the Arcade Restaurant please click here.

Sun Studio

Many great singers such as Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Roy Orbison have walked through the doors of Sun Studios. When Elvis Presley went to Sun Studio in 1953 he had no idea that it would launch his life to celebrity status. When the owners of Sun Studio immediately noticed Elvis’ talent they began helping him record music.

Click here for more information about hours and admission into Sun Studio.

Lauderdale Courts

It was at the Lauderdale Courts apartment building that Elvis and his parents lived for several years in the late 1940s and early 1950s. They resided in apartment #328 and it is one of the places that Elvis loved to play guitar as a teenager.

Humes High School

Elvis Presley graduated from Humes High School in 1953. He actually failed music class and some of his teachers told him that he was not very good at singing. The school still stands and is operational for education. Tours are not available of the school.

Levitt Shell

In just a short period of time, Elvis quickly climbed in popularity. He began singing with some of the greatest at Sun Studios and hosted his first paid concert in 1954. The concert was held at Levitt Shell in Memphis. The amphitheater shell is located in Overton Park.

Historic RCA Studio B

A few hour drive east from Memphis leads road trippers to another famous place for Elvis’ music career. The Historic RCA Studio B in Nashville is just one of the places where Elvis recorded some of his greatest hits.

For more information about exploring RCA Studio B, please click here.

Conclusion

From the country roads of Tupelo, Mississippi to the bustling streets of Memphis, this road trip takes Elvis fans on an adventure of music fun! Visit some of the places that Elvis frequented before and after his stardom.

Thanks for reading and as always, keep on truckin’.

-Violet Sky

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