"Elvis Presley's Memphis,"
copyright Memphis Convention
& Visitors Bureau
To most kids, the King's mansion may be just another boring historic house. So, if you've got them in tow, rush through the Graceland tour and spend the bulk of your time at the Elvis Auto Museum and Elvis Custom Jets, both across the street.
The Auto Museum's collection includes luxury, limited-edition autos and Harley Davidson motorcycles, displayed at an ersatz 1950s drive-in movie (they're parked facing a screen showing Elvis movie highlights).
At the airplane museum, climb aboard the luxe Lisa Marie flying machine, named for Elvis' daughter. Or fill your charge card with Elvis-inspired trinkets from nearby shops -- a Graceland scarf designed by Nicole Miller, T-shirts, Elvis dolls, and key chains. Kids really like the pens with tiny Elvises inside.
Diehard fans! Don't forget to have lunch at Elvis Presley's Memphis on Beale Street, which serves up the King's favorite foods based on recipes from Mom Presley. Or book a room at Heartbreak Hotel, the closest lodging to Graceland, named after one of Elvis' most popular tunes.