Thursday marks the 35th anniversary of Elvis Presley's death. Thousands of fans are expected to descend on Graceland, which, at more than 17 million visitors to date, is one of the most visited private homes in America (besides the White House, natch).
Earlier this summer, Regena Bearden, vice president of marketing for the Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau, told the Associated Press that Graceland has had a true impact on the city's tourism, adding that travel expenditures in 2011 exceeded $3 billion.
But what of the country's other Elvis landmarks? There's the more obvious -- The King's birthplace in Tupelo, Mississippi -- and the less so -- an amusement park in Green Bay, Wisconsin. TripAdvisor put together a list of the must-see Elvis attractions across the country.
Check them out below. And if you think they missed any, add your pick to the slideshow!
All photos courtesy of TripAdvisor.
Coletta's Italian Restaurant, Memphis
First opened in 1923, this Italian eatery claims to be Memphis' oldest restaurant and the originator of barbeque pizza. It's also home to Elvis' favorite pizza. There's even an "Elvis room", which still features the singer's frequented table in addition to other memorabilia.
Bay Beach Amusement Park, Green Bay, WI
In 2010, Bay Beach Amusement Park purchased and relocated the Zippin Pippin, one of the oldest wooden rollercoasters in America and Presley's favorite ride. Elvis reportedly liked the attraction so much that he would occasionally rent out the entire Memphis amusement park it was originally located in, and story has it he rented it just a week before his passing. Park admission is free of charge; it costs $1 to ride the Zippin Pippin.
Elvis' Birthplace & Museum, Tupelo, MS
Built by Elvis' father for $180, Presley lived in this two-room Tupelo house until he moved to Memphis at the age of 13. Visitors can stroll the grounds of the 15-acre dedicated Mississippi landmark which also features a recently renovated museum and theater, meditation chapel, and an "Elvis at 13" statue. Adult admission is $12 ($10 for seniors and $6 for children).
G.H. Booth's Hardware Store, Tupelo, MS
Located on Main Street of Elvis' hometown, visitors can stop in at G.H. Booth's Hardware Store, which sold him his first guitar for his birthday. An 'X' marks the spot where Presley stood more than 65 years ago.
Elvis Presley Museum, Pigeon Forge, TN
Opened by a fan who started collecting artifacts after the King gifted him his belt in 1971, this museum boasts the "World's Largest Private Collection of Elvis Memorabilia." Adult admission from $12 (seniors from $10).
Heartbreak Hotel, Memphis
Located across the street from Graceland, this accommodation is aptly named after Elvis' first number one hit single on the Billboard charts. Travelers can stay in one of 128 guest rooms which feature black and white photographs of Presley and 1950s-style wood furnishings. The rooms also feature free, in-room Elvis movies. The average nightly rate starts at $106.
Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, Oahu
Elvis shot many of the beach scenes of his first tropical movie, "Blue Hawaii," here in 1961. Open every day except Tuesday, admission is $7.50 for adults (free to Hawaii residents and children under 12). Parking is $1.00 per vehicle, and visitors can also rent masks, fins, snorkels, and lockers for an additional charge.
Johnnie's Drive-In, Tupelo, MS
A plaque outside this roadside diner reads: "While attending nearby Lawhen Elementary, Elvis often stopped here for one of his favorite meals--a cheeseburger and an RC Cola-- or as Elvis called it an R-C-C. One of Elvis' best friends was James Ausborn, who often joined him here." Cheeseburgers cost from $1.41.
Ranked among the most-visited private homes in America, more than 17 million fans have passed through Graceland's doors since they <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/13/graceland-elvis-presleys-_n_1592601.html" target="_hplink">first opened to the public 30 years ago</a>.
Sun Studio, Memphis
As a recent high school graduate, Elvis walked into Sun Studio in August 1953 and paid to record two songs as a gift for his mother. He later recorded "That's All Right" there. Travelers can visit the studio daily from 10 a.m. - 6.p.m., with tours taking place hourly. Adult tours are $12 (children 5-11 are free).
Learn About the Life and Career of Elvis Presley
Born January 8th, 1935 in Tupelo, Mississippi, Elvis Presley turned his early passion for music into an unforgettable rock and roll career. With his smooth voice, good looks and never-before-seen dance moves, Presley forever changed the look and sound of rock music. The American singer complimented his musical skills with acting roles that spawned many of his classic hits. Take a look the life and career of the one and only king of rock and roll, Elvis Presley.