Day trips away from Myrtle Beach and the Grand Strand can
include visiting a plantation, exploring state parks and historic sites, or even
riding a ferry. You’ll also find some great restaurants, museums, and shopping.
Your first question, though, is why leave? Myrtle Beach has everything, right? Why go anywhere else? The answer is, because you can.
The Grand Strand is situated in a part of the southeast that makes for easy car travel to some fun and fascinating locations. If you plan to travel with kids, there are lots of kid friendly attractions within an hour or two from Myrtle Beach.
History lovers will find Revolutionary War and Civil War
sites, historic towns and plantations. There are also historical figures like
Francis Marion, the Swamp Fox, Blackbeard the pirate, and, yes, George
Washington slept here.
There are plenty of outdoor adventures and off the beaten path places to explore, from wildlife refuges to state parks. Try a swamp tour, fly through the air on a zip line, see live alligators, and climb to the top of a real, working lighthouse.
I’ve divided road trips from Myrtle Beach into two categories,
day trips and weekend getaways. Some people like to take their time on a road
trip while others like to just get there, so for one day travel I’ve limited trips
to about 100 miles distance or 2 hours or less of travel time. Anything over
that becomes a weekender, so you can decide what best fits your travel style.
If you need some road trip ideas, try these to start.
Georgetown is at the south end of the Grand Strand. This historic river town has a Riverwalk with shops and restaurants, and features several buildings on the National Historic Register that you can visit. Don’t miss the Rice Museum, which tells the story of the rice planters along the Waccamaw, the Gullah Museum, which features the Low Country African culture, and the South Carolina Maritime Museum for ships and nautical tales.
Sunset Beach, on the Brunswick Islands just across the North Carolina state line, has the area’s only working planetarium. This popular attraction also features a small science museum and is a great place for both kids and grown-ups. While you're here, you might want to stop in at the Old Sunset Beach Bridge Museum and see how locals and visitors used to get across to the island on the last pontoon bridge left on the east coast.
is a historic river town on the Cape Fear River that has been home to
seafarers, explorers, and pirates. The downtown features shops and restaurants,
a riverfront park, and a super maritime museum. There are lots of great waterfront
restaurants as well and the town is very walkable. If you like to sail, you can
even rent a sailboat.
another river town on the Cape Feat River, is the only port going southward
until you reach Charleston, hence the nickname “Port City.” There’s a lot to
see here from museums to historic buildings, with some great restaurants and
unique shopping. The EUE/Screen Gems Studios is located here and has offered
studio tours in the past. They suspended the tours in 2016, but hope to resume in
2017. To check if tours are operating call the film tours hotline at (910)
Charleston – need we say more? This can qualify as a day
trip or a weekender depending on how much time you have. Great restaurants,
lots of history, museums, walk along the Battery, take a harbor cruise, the
list is endless.
I’ll be adding more trips, itineraries, and travel suggestions, so check back often. Meanwhile, you can start your adventures by clicking below.
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