Elvis, Baby…and that’s about it.

Today I did what you do when you visit Memphis. I went to Graceland and Arcade Restaurant.

I have never been to a restaurant on my own. I know as a 24-year-old that may seem strange. But it’s true. So I was nervous when I walked into the famous Arcade diner. Luckily I was able to sit at the bar, so it didn’t feel so strange to me. I was amongst other travelers who were also have breakfast with themselves. Eating alone wasn’t that bad and it helped that the service and food was super fast. I had fried french toast and it was divine.

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Believe me when I say I have no interest in Elvis. Sure his music is good, but before Graceland I wouldn’t have considered myself a fan. But after visiting his mansion, seeing his wardrobe, learning about the man behind the music I felt obligated to purchase the “Best of Elvis” CD. I listened to it twice on the 4 hour drive from Memphis to Nashville. I am now a fan of The King.

Tips for Graceland:

  • Get there when it opens
  • Avoid going with a large group
  • Upgrade to the VIP pass. It’s only $20 more and you’ll avoid having to wait in line and you’ll get access to a VIP only museum and bus!
  • Don’t eat on campus. Go someplace else in Memphis. There are tons of cheap and delicious BBQ joints right around Graceland. Don’t pay the tourist prices and get something more authentic.

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I’ve also discovered that there’s not much else happening in Memphis. There’s a cute but small downtown area. But the surrounding city is dodgy and dirty. You definitely don’t need to spend three days there like I did. Basically you can see the city in about 12 hours.

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