Elvis Presley’s Graceland among top visited private homes in the U.S.

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When Priscilla Presley opened Graceland, the home of her ex-husband, Elvis Presley, to the public on June 7, 1982, she had no idea how many people would come. To her surprise, the 3,000 tickets available to visit Graceland the very first day sold out. And now, almost 40 years later, Graceland is one of the most visited private homes in the United States. Graceland receives around 600,000 visitors each year, compared to The White House and The Biltmore Estate which both receive approximately 900,000 visitors per year. In 2016, Graceland welcomed their 20-millionth visitor.

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Elvis Presley Travel Landmark in Memphis: Humes High School

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Elvis Presley senior year photo, 1953

The high school that helped shape Elvis Presley into a future rock and roll star still stands in Memphis, Tennessee. The most famous alumnus of Humes High School entered as an eighth-grader in 1948. Presley graduated from Humes on June 3, 1953.

Fans may be surprised to hear that Elvis Presley was an unpopular outcast in high school who was looked down on for having unusually long hair and dressing in a flamboyant style. But that changed a few months before graduation when Elvis performed in the annual high school talent show in April 1953.

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