Myrtle Beach is one of the most popular holiday destinations in the United States, and it is not hard to see why. This resort city in South Carolina not only boasts fantastic sandy beaches and a sub-tropical climate, but it is also home to a huge number of restaurants, shops and top attractions for the whole family. With water parks, golf courses, museums and a huge range of unique attractions, it is the holiday destination that has it all. If you are planning a trip to Myrtle Beach yourself, get to know your way around before you arrive with this useful guide.
The Grand Strand
Before you start planning your trip, you should know that Myrtle Beach lies on the Grand Strand, which is one of the largest stretches of sand in the United States. It is not limited to Myrtle Beach, and stretches north and south along the South Carolina coast, taking in areas like North Myrtle Beach and Surfside Beach.
But what are some of the places in and around Myrtle Beach that you should familiarise yourself with before arriving?
King’s Highway, officially U.S. 17 but also known as Business 17, is home to a number of top attractions, shops and restaurants in Myrtle Beach, so you will almost certainly become familiar with it during your holiday here.
Some of the main attractions here include Colonial Mall, which is a great place for shopping, and the Children’s Museum of SC, another of the big attractions for families.
As the name suggests, this is where you will find the best restaurants in Myrtle Beach. There are many Myrtle Beach hotels to choose from when you stay in the city, but wherever you stay you will want to head to Restaurant Row at some point. It is located between Myrtle Beach and North Myrtle Beach, and there are some excellent seafood restaurants here, including The Original Benjamin’s Calabash Seafood.
The Market Common
Head past the Grand Strand Airport and you will find the Market Common located just past the south end of Myrtle Beach. This is a new and purpose-built complex that has a unique village feel to it. It is a great place to go shopping, and there are also lots of restaurants here so it could be a good place to head in the evening. You’ll also find a cinema, and it’s not far from the beach either. If you want to explore a bit more of the surrounding area there are also parks and trails surrounding Market Common, so it is definitely worth a visit.
Not all the best seafood restaurants are located on Restaurant Row, and you’ll also find a few in Murrell’s Inlet. This is a more peaceful area than central Myrtle Beach and there are not quite so many tourists here, but there are still some excellent attractions that are worth checking out.
One of the main features is Brookgreen Gardens, a beautiful area complete with tours and unique attractions including the outside sculpture garden, which contains almost 300 sculptures. You will also find Huntington Beach State Park, which is a peaceful and relaxing place to explore if you want to get out of the built-up areas for a while.
Discover It All When You Visit Myrtle Beach
You can see all of this and more when you go on holiday in Myrtle Beach. Try to see some of the areas that fewer tourists visit if you can, but make sure you spend time in the more popular areas as well because these are where some of the best attractions are located. Try to familiarise yourself with a few of these areas before you go because it will help you to plan your holiday before you arrive in Myrtle Beach.
Chris McMahon enjoys passing on his experience as a travel consultant by blogging.