One of the best things about visiting the Myrtle Beach area, or “The Grand Strand” – as it’s commonly referred to as, is the flexibility that this location allows to traveling to other areas. A day or even weekend trip might not appeal to guests who are only in the area for a few days, but for guests who are enjoying an extended stay, the thought of visiting some of the other nearby cities is tempting. Traveling to nearby areas like Conway or Pawleys Island gives you the chance to see a more “local” perspective of the area while nearby cities like Wilmington and Charleston are ideal for longer day trips. Check out some of the top travel destinations that are within a short distance from the sandy shores of Myrtle Beach:
Located about 20 minutes west of Myrtle Beach, Conway is a small college town that many guests pass on the way to the beach. During the fall, guests can grab tickets to a Coastal Carolina football game or partake in one of the area’s many bustling festivals, like the Rivertown Music & Arts Festival, Fall Festival, and Riverfest. Year round attractions include live entertainment at the Theatre of Republic or Main Street Theatre, Tranquility Horse Farm, and the lively riverfront district and downtown area that offer plenty of local shopping and dining.
Pawleys Island, SC
Slow down and enjoy a slower pace with a trip to Pawleys Island, located about 45 minutes south from Myrtle Beach. This charming seaside town does, indeed, have an island that offers secluded, quiet beach ideal for families and couples looking to escape the hustle and bustle. Looking for a little local shopping? If so, be sure to check out the Hammock Shops, an outdoor shopping venue that has been an area staple for more than 75 years. Visitors can expect to see shops that offer everything from specialty food items and apparel to handmade jewelry and original souvenirs – and everything in between. Pawleys Island also offers a phenomenal culinary scene with upscale favorites like Bistro 217, Frank’s Outback, and Nosh and homey local stops like BisQit and Groucho’s Deli.
Located on the far end of the strand, a trip to Georgetown will take about an hour from Myrtle Beach but is well worth the drive! This city offers a rich history and plenty to do for foodies and history buffs alike. Enjoy a relaxing and eye opening plantation tour at Hopsewee Plantation, a restored home from the 1740’s. Guests can tour the entire house, from attic to cellar, take a sweetgrass basket weaving class, and even enjoy an afternoon lunch in true southern style at the River Oak Cottage. Other popular Georgetown draws include their bustling marina, historic guided ghost walks, the Kaminski House Museum, the South Carolina Maritime Museum, Outlaw’s Art Gallery, and the Waterfront District which offers spectacular shopping and dining options.
Located just over 2 hours south of Myrtle Beach is one of the south’s most famous cities – Charleston. This lowcounty classic offers several pristine beaches, a bustling downtown area, several family friendly attractions, and a unique culinary scene that can’t be found anywhere else. Popular family draws include the South Carolina Aquarium, Fort Sumter, the Waterfront Park, Rainbow Row, and the Charleston Market – to name a few. Charleston is also home to several breweries and the famous Firefly Vodka distillery, many of which offer weekly tours and tastings. Looking for the good eats? Just try one of Charleston’s famous restaurants like Halls Chophouse, Circa 1886, Charleston Grill, FIG, or Butcher and Bee. There is truly something for everyone to enjoy at this lowcountry staple.
This charming city is located about an hour and a half from Myrtle Beach, in North Carolina, and offers a wide array of entertainment and attractions for families and couples alike! History fanatics will enjoy attractions like the Cape Fear Museum, the USS North Carolina, and Fort Fisher while appreciators of the finer things will definitely want to see a show at Thalian Hall or visit Airlie Gardens. Aside from attractions, Wilmington is also home to some of the biggest events along the east coast, including the North Carolina Jazz Festival and the Azalea Festival. And, Wilmington offers several quaint, seaside towns and the area in general is known for being one of the top surfing spots along the east coast. Wilmington is a great city for parents with children or couples enjoying a romantic getaway.
Be sure to check out a one of these nearby cities for a day trip during your next stay in Myrtle Beach!