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Visit the Elvis Honeymoon House in Palm Springs

Written by Jeff Shotwell
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Palm Springs is famous for its Mid Century Modern architecture, and one of the most famous masterpieces of all is the Elvis Honeymoon House. While enjoying your Palm Springs Vacation, come see why this attraction belongs on your list of things to see when you're visiting the Desert.

The Elvis Honeymoon House attracts Elvis Presley fans, people who appreciate American architecture, and anyone who loves a romantic story. It's been written up in major media including The Wall Street Journal, Architectural Digest, Conde Nast Traveler, Fodor's, Travel Channel, and Time Magazine. The Desert Sun newspaper even calls it the top place to have your picture taken in Palm Springs.

Back in 1966, Elvis leased the property for just $21,000 a year as a place to relax away from his busy life in Los Angeles. He and Priscilla Presley planned to be married there, but gossip columnist Rona Barret who lived next door suspected that a wedding was underway. To escape the media circus that followed, the couple borrowed Frank Sinatra's jet to fly to Las Vegas where they exchanged vows on May 1, 1967. They did spend their honeymoon at the estate, even though Elvis Presley briefly returned to Los Angeles the next day to finish filming the movie Clambake.

Even without the Elvis connection, the architectural significance makes the house a must see. It's often referred to by its nickname The House of Tomorrow, a title it picked up when it appeared as the centerfold of the September 1962 issue of Look Magazine. It is designed by one of the most famous Mid Century Modern architects, William Krisel, and built by Alexander Construction company.  The house was Mr. Alexander's personal residence.

Expert tours of the estate are offered at 1 pm and 3:30 pm each day. Reservations are recommended, but walk-ups are accommodated as space permits. The price is $35 for adults and $15 for children under 12. There are also special annual events to honor the days Elvis Presley was born, married, and died.

The Elvis Honeymoon House is just one of the many unique attractions in the Palm Springs area. Renting a Palm Springs luxury vacation home is an ideal way for you and your loved ones to experience the fun and beauty of the Desert for yourself.

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