The South Carolina lowlands are some of the most charming landscapes in America’s wide countryside. The mix of laid-back southern charms, antebellum plantation heritage, and beach-side country living has conspired together to make for an exceptional spring and summertime escape. If you’ve found yourself wanting to explore the allure of Myrtle Beach, you’re not alone. Thousands make this one of the most popular tourist escapes every year.
And if you’re here and have only three days to see all of South Carolina’s finest beach-side countryside, that’s not much time, but it’s easy to make the most of it.
Day 1: Get Oriented
Though it may seem daunting at first – it’s really easy to know where to go when visiting Myrtle Beach – head to the water! After all, this is the Grand Strand, and the 60-odd miles of uninterrupted coastline makes for some spectacular beach time. Most attractions, theme parks and shopping areas are located somewhere along this strip, and so don’t fret if you get confused right off the bat. Grab a swimsuit and head to the beach – this is where you’ll find most things going on anyway. If you must take a tour, albeit they’re great ways to figure out your new surroundings, consider a Carolina Safari Jeep tour or maybe a visit to the Myrtle Beach State Park will get you pointed in the right direction.
Day 2: The Boardwalk
Both a shopping extravaganza and an escape to childhood exhilaration, the Myrtle Beach boardwalk is everything you could want in a boardwalk. Ripley’s Aquarium, NASCAR SpeedPark, bowling, miniature golf, ziplines, old-fashioned carousels and Ferris wheels compete against over 100 shopping outlets, boutique stores, world-class restaurants and nightclubs. Your whole vacation could begin and end on this boardwalk and you’d have a good time doing it.
Day 3: Go Golfing
Sure, golfing might not be for everybody, but this is Myrtle Beach, and there are more golfing destinations here than you’ll know what to do with – over 1,000 greens await you and the nine golf courses in the immediate Myrtle Beach area are all designed by legends like Arnold Palmer, Greg Norman and Robert Trent Jones. The golfing culture here is so entrenched that you’ll find reservations are often made more easily in groups of four. Consider Pawleys Plantation Golf and Country Club – as one of the oldest summer resorts on the East Coast you’ll find beautiful, challenging greens in an island country setting.