2. Graceland, the Playground of Elvis
Located in Memphis, Tennessee, the original Graceland Mansion was home to Elvis Presley until it was converted into a museum and opened to the public in 1982 by his surviving family. It is both a National Historic Landmark and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and is one of the most-visited private homes in America, second only to the White House.
Purchased originally by Elvis to avoid the spotlight, the estate gradually expanded over the rolling pastures of the surrounding lands. Elvis and his beloved mother decorated the house, and when you tour it today, you’ll notice his eclectic tastes. Wander the rooms of the museum to see his famous Vegas jumpsuits, awards or car collection. Presley’s two planes are even still kept on the grounds! Whether you are interested in American pop history or a fan of the music, Graceland is a cultural and architectural experience you shouldn’t miss.