Day Trips from Myrtle Beach
Straddling the North Carolina-South Carolina border, this tiny town is famous for its "Calabash-style" fried seafood and seems to have nearly as many fish shacks as houses.
This antebellum beauty of a city is loaded with historic buildings, elegant restaurants and postcard-pretty neighborhoods of colorful row houses and leafy magnolias. Fort Sumter, where the Civil War began, is on an island in the harbor.
A sleepy colonial city on a sparkling bay, 18th-century Georgetown is one of the oldest settlements in America. Lunch at one of the waterfront cafes, then stroll the oak-lined streets.
At the south end of the Grand Strand, this barrier island has been slower to develop than much of the coastline, leaving it a quaint, quiet place for fishing and bird-watching.
South of the Border
Kitsch-lovers will revel in this bizarre roadside attraction. This Mexican-themed fake village from the 1950s includes fireworks stands, penny candy stores and souvenir shops topped with a giant sombrero tower and a statue of the grinning "Pedro."
Across the border in North Carolina, this relaxed island beach town has three miles of shoreline connected to the mainland by a bridge. Escape here for a lazy, crowd-free afternoon.
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