Elvis Anniversary Tour - August 2019

Tupelo, Memphis and optional Texas extension

It might come as a surprise to many that back in the Fifties Elvis did more shows in the ‘Lone Star State’ of Texas than he did in his ‘home States’ of Tennessee and Mississippi combined. There are many reasons for this, perhaps none more so that his commitment to the Louisiana Hayride radio show in Shreveport, Louisiana – a city within spitting distance of the Texas border, so it would have made sense to Elvis having the least amount of travelling on an always hectic concert schedule. So why are we saying this? Well as Elvis fans we want to discover the places that Elvis appeared, see the sights that he saw and meet the people that he knew. And if they happen to be in Texas, well…..?

 

But first we head for Memphis, the city that Elvis loved and where he chose to live in his beautiful Graceland home. For anyone who’s never been before then come with us and we’ll show you Elvis’ Memphis – where he grew from a boy into a man, his influences, his other homes, where he shopped, worshipped, worked and played. And if you have been with us before then ‘Welcome back’ – you’ll be only too aware of the fun to be had in this amazing city – the places to see and enjoy when not being entertained by the events of Elvis Week at Graceland.

 

It often amazes us how relatively few Elvis fans have been to Tupelo – the Mississippi town in which Elvis was born and lived until he was 13yrs old. Well we love it and we’ll take you there – for 2 nights staying in the heart of what must be the ‘friendliest place in the USA’. We’ll show you all the sights pertinent to Elvis’ life there including, of course, his actual birthplace standing in lovely landscaped grounds.

And then it’s “Texas, here we come” – first to Dallas where Cattle Barons and Oil Magnates  have transformed a cowboy town into a slick, sky-scrapered city. We’ll see where Elvis performed at the famous Cow Palace and also visit the site where President John F Kennedy was stricken down by the assassin’s bullet – the Museum there is incredible. A couple of full days here (during which we also visit nearby Fort Worth for more Elvis sights and an encounter with some cattle!) before heading down to Fort Hood where Elvis did his Army Basic Training, to Killeen where he lived off-base with Gladys and Vernon and to Waco where he also performed.

 

Everyone has heard of the Alamo, where a small band of Texians held out against the full force of the Mexican Army. That’s in San Antonio - our next stop on this fascinating tour. We’ll also see where Elvis performed of course but there’s time here to relax, stroll between the restaurants and bars of the Riverwalk and catch up on some shopping.

Houston is our next major stop but not before calling in to the little town of Gonzales where you would actually expect to see tumbleweed rolling across its near-empty streets. This place is a sheer delight, with a baseball park that Elvis performed in back in 1955, a hotel from which Bonnie and Clyde ‘did a runner’ out of a rear window, and an old jail with a gallows set amid the cell block. No wonder the other inmates didn’t ‘hang’ around – geddit!

 

Houston is our next major stop but not before calling in to the little town of Gonzales where you would actually expect to see tumbleweed rolling across its near-empty streets. This place is a sheer delight, with a baseball park that Elvis performed in back in 1955, a hotel from which Bonnie and Clyde ‘did a runner’ out of a rear window, and an old jail with a gallows set amid the cell block. No wonder the other inmates didn’t ‘hang’ around – geddit!

 

Once in Houston we know that you’ll want to see the famous Astrodome where Elvis appeared in 1970 & 1974 but there are other venues too plus we’ll have time to visit the famous NASA Space Center before heading home with a ton of fabulous memories.

 

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