We recently took a cross-country road trip which included driving through parts of Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, and North Carolina to get to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. It took one-and-a-half days. We would have preferred flying there, but couldn’t know for sure when we’d be able to actually go on the trip–we’d been planning it for more than two months, and several unexpected problems popped up, including my husband’s knee surgery and my kidney stone.

Anyway, we were excited to finally get started on the trip. On our first night on the road, we started hunting for a hotel around 6:30 PM, just outside of Knoxville, Tennessee. Four and a half hours later, after stopping every time we got to an area with hotels and finding them full, we finally found a hotel. We were exhausted.

The next day, around noontime, we arrived in Myrtle Beach. We were eager to see the ocean, but checked into a hotel first, ate lunch (after which I passed my stone), and then strolled through one of the Tangier Outlet Malls. The following morning, we got to see the ocean and beach. We even stayed a couple of nights in beach front condos. Beautiful views!

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The Myrtle Beach area has so much to offer–an amusement park, shows, a Medieval Times Dinner Show, gardens, zoos, an aquarium, beaches, boat rides, every imaginable kind of restaurant, bars, two outlet malls, two regular malls, movie theaters, several outdoor malls filled with souvenir shops and assorted restaurants, a water park, lots of miniature golf sites, and more regular golf courses than just about anywhere else in the U.S.

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We didn’t have time or energy to see it all, and our visit got cut short because I caught a bad cold, but we will surely go back again. If you ever want a relaxing vacation with tons of activities available, Myrtle Beach is worth checking out. I hope you like my photos!

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