Myrtle Beach, SC
Myrtle Beach, a city and vacation resort on South Carolina’s Atlantic coast, is the hub of the Grand Strand, a 60-mile string of beaches. It’s also known for its celebrity-designed golf courses. Along its beachfront boardwalk are arcades, souvenir stands and restaurants, as well as the old-fashioned Family Kingdom amusement park and the SkyWheel, one of the country’s tallest Ferris wheels.
Water sports at the beach range from kiteboarding and jet skiing to deep-sea fishing via charter boats. Myrtle Beach State Park offers hiking trails, surf fishing and a nature center amid hundreds of forested acres at the beach’s southern end. Nightlife centers on country-music variety like the Carolina Opry and low-key, surfside seafood spots and bars. Myrtle Waves is a large water park. Shopping can be found at Coastal Grand Mall and Broadway at the Beach, a village-like mall that also includes upscale chain restaurants, and Ripley’s Aquarium, with a giant reef ecosystem inhabited by sharks.