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Making a Splash on South Carolina's Coast

Total Mileage/Average drive time
96 miles, 2 hours

Start at the colorful state capital of Charleston; then head up the "Hammock Coast" to Georgetown, home to amazing nautical history; explore Murrells Inlet, with its rich pirate past; and settle down in Myrtle Beach, whose vibrant downtown area is matched only by its awesome beaches.

1. Charleston - Starting Point
Rich in Revolutionary and Civil War history, Charleston is the capital city of South Carolina. Tour the historic district on foot and visit Drayton Hall, which is the oldest unrestored plantation house in America and is considered one of the finest examples of Georgian Palladian architecture in the United States. Enjoy waterfront dining and indulge in local seafood at the Charleston Crab House.

2. Georgetown - 61 miles, 1 hour, 6 minutes
Travel the scenic Hammock Coast to a region rich with beaches, rivers, and marshes. Situated on the Intracoastal Waterway, Georgetown was once an important international port and appeals to history buffs and outdoor enthusiasts alike. Stroll Georgetown's historic Front Street and enjoy local shops, architecture, and regional cuisine.

3. Murrells Inlet - 22 miles, 30 minutes
Considered the Seafood Capital of South Carolina, historic Murrells Inlet also boasts deep sea fishing charters, kayaking and scuba diving opportunities. Be sure to visit the Brookgreen Gardens, which has a fabulous garden sculpture collection and is a National Historic Landmark. It's said that pirates used this area as a hideout, and you can make it your own vacation hideaway.

4. Myrtle Beach - 13 miles, 24 minutes
One of the most visited beaches on the East Coast, Myrtle Beach offers endless fun. Simply relax on the renowned sandy shores, go shelling at Myrtle Beach State Park, or enjoy free fireworks or free live music during the summer months. Fine restaurants and shops line its streets.