Monday, June 3, 2013

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, USA

By Lana Moore

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina is well known as a tourist destination that has some of the most diverse
attractions, resorts, and residential communities around. When a family comes to Myrtle Beach, they can literally split up and each person can come back with a totally unique story about their day’s experience. From shopping malls such as Coastal Grand Mall and Broadway at the Beach - an all-in-one area shopping, dining, and attraction venue, to Kingston Plantation Resort and the world-renowned Grand Dunes Golfing, individuals, couples and families are sure to find something to suit their vacation needs in Myrtle Beach.

If relaxing is on the list of things to do, Myrtle Beach offers a number of specialty spas to choose from; just ask any of the hotel or attraction concierge for a few recommendations. Another form of relaxation that many tourists come to Myrtle Beach for is to play a relaxing game of golf on the world famous golf courses. Each year professional and amateur tournaments are played on many of the 102 available golf courses.

Broadway at the Beach is one of the most visited destinations in Myrtle Beach. Tourists visit the 350-acre shopping center to patronize the many specialty shops, restaurants and other attractions. When visiting Broadway at the Beach make sure to stop by Jimmy Buffett’s Margarita Ville, Johnny Rockets, Hard Rock Cafe, Landry’s Seafood House, Original Shuckers Raw Bar, Joe’s Crab Shack or Senor Frogs, just to name a few dining spots.

The Palace Theater is also located at Broadway at the Beach. The Palace is where groups and individuals can go to enjoy a live performance such as the Cirque De Soleil. Legends In Concert is next to Broadway at the Beach. Live performers put on shows impersonating some of the most prominent names in music such as Michael Jackson, the Blues Brothers, Justin Timberlake, and Lady Gaga.

When searching for accommodations, Myrtle Beach offers a plethora of oceanfront hotels, condos, and rental homes with prices ranging from reasonable to a bit more lavish, depending on the accommodation and location. Kingston Plantation is a family and business favorite due to
the resort’s diverse accommodations, oceanfront location, and private community. The resort is best known for housing an Embassy Suites hotel and its community of 1-4 bedroom villas that are spread across 145 acres of enclosed, private land. Kingston’s meeting space is also an enjoyed luxury by groups that have business conferences, family reunions, and of course, weddings.

The list seems to be non-stop when it comes to things to do, places to go, and attractions to check out, so here is a small rundown of locations to add to an itinerary:

Broadway at the Beach
· Ripley's Aquarium
· Imax 3D
· Celebrity Circle
· MagiQuest
· Helicopter Adventures
· Myrtle Waves Water Park

Barefoot Landing
· House of Blues
· Alligator Adventure
· Barefoot Landing Marina
· Alabama Theater

· Sheraton and MB Convention Center
· Kingston Plantation
· Hilton Myrtle Beach Resort
· Marriott Resort
· Marina Inn at Grande Dunes

Things to Do & Places to Go
· MB Adrenaline Junkie - Zip line at it’s finest!
· Children’s Museum of South Carolina
· Nascar Speedpark
· Myrtle Beach State Park
· Big M Casino Cruise

Last but not least, let’s not forget the ever-famous Bike Weeks that Myrtle Beach hosts every year
around Memorial Day Weekend. Thousands of bikers from across the US and Canada come to Myrtle Beach to ride, be seen, and enjoy each other’s company. The week before Memorial Day is nicknamed “Harley Bike Week” because motorcyclists ride mostly on the cruiser style bikes. The following Memorial Day weekend is dubbed “Black Bike Week” due to the influx of African American bikers and sports styled bikes; though both weekends do mix in bike styles and riders.

No one can ever say he or she came to Myrtle Beach and could not find anything to do. The tourist town has enough shopping, dining, attractions, and nightlife to fancy anyone’s particular taste. Families of all sizes are welcome and so are business professionals who add a few extra days to their conference nights to enjoy Myrtle Beach’s offerings. If staying at one of the condos mentioned, make sure to sign the guest book inside to keep the tradition alive of world-class hospitality.

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