Graceland, Elvis Presley’s 14-acre estate in Memphis, is one of the most visited homes in America, just behind the White House and Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC.
After the entertainer purchased the property for just over $102,000 in 1957, a number of exterior improvements were made, including the iconic wrought-iron entrance gates and the pink Alabama fieldstone wall that runs parallel to the street. Fans from around the world have been leaving messages of love and appreciation to Elvis on those same fieldstone walls for years.
Elvis also spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on renovating the mansion’s interior during his years at Graceland and had a penchant to change the color scheme inside many of the rooms to fit his ever-changing tastes. At the end of his life, the predominant color around the house was red.
One of Elvis’ favorite places at Graceland was the Meditation Garden, located just off the Jungle Room next to the outdoor swimming pool. Today, it’s the most solemn area of the estate serving as Elvis’ final resting place as well as the burial site for his parents and grandmother.
Between 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. each day, fans of the singer are allowed to visit the Meditation Garden and pay their respects without having to pay admission.