Visit the King’s homeMemphis, USA
In a country that celebrates excess, the house of the King is a temple to intemperance. A tour of Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee, provides a fascinating insight into the extravagant life of Elvis Presley. At the mansion you can walk in the footsteps of Elvis’s blue suede shoes, wobble your hips in the music room, see the TV room (where Elvis would apparently watch three television sets at once), check out the meditation garden and shooting range, be dazzled by the display of gold and platinum discs on the walls of the Trophy Room and take a peak in the infamous Jungle Room – the man cave where Elvis did whatever Elvis wanted to do, on shag-pile carpet surrounded by exotic African furniture.
The King died at the estate in 1977, while on the throne in the royal bathroom, possibly straining after one too many deep-fried banana, peanut butter and bacon sandwiches. If you don’t want to suffer the same fate, go for a brisk stroll through the grounds, and check out 30 vehicles from Elvis’s private collection, including a Lockheed Jetstar plane, Rolls Royce sedans, Mercedes Benz limos, a pink Cadillac and a John Deere tractor. Stay at the Elvis-themed Heartbreak Hotel, right across the street from the Graceland Mansion.