Originally named New Town, present day Myrtle Beach was founded in the late 1800s by FG Burroughs. In 1901, Burroughs built Myrtle Beach's first inn. Over time, the beaches near Myrtle Beach were advertised as "America's Grandest Stand." Today, "The Grand Stand" is a term used to describe about a 60 mile section of the coastline, from Georgetown north to the North Carolina Boarder.
Over the last several decades, Myrtle Beach has become known for its one hundred plus golf courses. Recently, Myrtle Beach began positioning itself as a family destination. The result... Myrtle Beach has succeeded in becoming one of the east coasts premier family vacation hot spots. Families can rent nice condos on the ocean for reasonable prices, and spend their days basking in the sun, playing in the usually warm Atlantic Ocean, or building sandcastles. Afternoons and evenings offer a multitude of things to do. There's shopping galore, an array of national chain restaurants, and lots of entertainment opportunities. Visitors will find strip malls, miniature golf, and souvenir shops nearly everywhere they turn.
For those who want to discover the natural beauty the area offers, a visit to Huntington Beach State Park is essential. Located south of Myrtle Beach on US Highway 17, the park offers camping, picnicking, and unspoiled beaches. Many alligators call the park home- as do more than 280 bird species. Right across the highway from the park is Brookgreen Gardens. This is the world's largest outdoor sculpture garden, and makes for a lovely walk. The Myrtle Beach State Park is also located along US Highway 17, and offers a 700-foot long pier, nature trails, camping, and a large freshwater swimming pool.
Myrtle Beach can be reached via US Highway 17 when coming from the north, or south. Additionally, visitors can use Interstate 95 and exit at US Highway 501.