Elvis fans already consider Graceland a national landmark - but now it's official. Graceland, which plays host to more than 600,000 tourists a year, will join the Alamo, Pearl Harbor, the White House and Mt. Vernon as a National Historic Landmark. (Graceland has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1991.)
Graceland was bought by Elvis in 1957 for $103,000 with earnings from his first hit record, Heartbreak Hotel.
Graceland officials are pursuing plans to expand tourism and have just opened two new exhibits in Memphis: Elvis After Dark, which explores Elvis' night owl habits, and Elvis 56, which focuses on the explosion of his career in 1956.