On Myrtle Beach's old-fashioned wooden boardwalk, you’ll find brightly lit amusement-park rides, carnival games, and quirky museums. Travel + Leisure ranks the recently revamped walkway among the best beach boardwalks in America. Not far away—and just steps from the Atlantic Ocean—The Horizon at 77th provides an ideal home base for families seeking to enjoy Myrtle Beach's main attractions.
The resort’s condos are comfortable and spacious. Each unit features a full kitchen, and many of them offer views of the ocean via private balconies. If you don't want to make dinner, head down to the adjacent Shoreline Café to nosh on bacon-wrapped scallops, fried clams, and chicken alfredo amid big-screen TVs showing sports games. Outside, the rooftop pool features a sun deck and a miniature lazy river. There's also a sun-lit indoor pool and a hot tub.
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina: Sandy Beaches, Seaside Golf Courses, and Classic Amusement-Park Rides
Myrtle Beach is the crown jewel of South Carolina's Grand Strand, a 60-mile stretch of white, sandy beaches along the Atlantic seaboard that draws surfers, fishers, and kayakers. The city was named one of the best vacation spots in the United States for a family by USA Today, in part because of the boardwalk, which stretches for more than a mile and buzzes with carnival games and amusement-park rides. Hop into the SkyWheel Ferris wheel’s glass-floored gondolas, surrounded by more than a million LED lights, for a panoramic view of the city.
Less than 20 miles south of Myrtle Beach, the tiny fishing village of Murrells Inlet provides a tranquil contrast to the boardwalk's hustle and bustle. At Brookgreen Gardens, more than 1,400 original sculptures stand amid sprawling floral gardens and massive, moss-covered oak trees that have been around for centuries. Murrells Inlet is also home to the Tom Fazio–designed TPC Myrtle Beach golf course, one of more than 100 courses in the area that helped Myrtle Beach earn its title as the seaside golf capital of the world.