There are several fantastic day trips from Latta, SC, but the places to stop on the way to Myrtle Beach make for one of the easiest and all-around best excursions! From exploring Eastern South Carolina’s rich heritage to experiencing the picturesque beaches on spanning the Atlantic Ocean, this easy day trip is a relaxing and enjoyable way to see the best of our region. If you’re driving in from out of town, take a look at our Travel Guide. Packed with sights, restaurants, and activities, it turns your tedious I-95 journey into a memorable adventure.
The Top Places to Stop on the Way to Myrtle Beach
Mullins is a great first stop on the way to Myrtle Beach. The main attraction in this classic small southern town is the South Carolina Tobacco Museum. It highlights Eastern South Carolina’s once-booming tobacco farming industry with exhibits featuring old tobacco ads and artifacts, donations and real documents from past residents, and models depicting tobacco holdings. The museum is a fantastic way to learn about an integral part of local South Carolina heritage. Another great place to stop in Mullins is Webster Manor. Here, you can grab some delicious local home-cookin’, buffet-style. If you’re looking for local shopping, try the Gold Leaf Antique Market for something unique.
Travel west on US-76 for about 10 minutes to Marion, where you’ll find an incredibly charming town with small shops and moss-draped trees lining the streets. Named for Revolutionary War hero Francis Marion, this is a great place to stop on the way to Myrtle Beach. Go for a nice stroll through downtown before continuing on your way.
Head south on US-501 for 40 minutes to Conway. This small city is synonymous with Myrtle Beach and Coastal Carolina University, but it has a few hidden gems to reward visitors who stop on their way to the beach. The downtown area is full of great restaurants where you can grab some gourmet food or an ice-cold libation before taking a relaxing walk along the new Conway Riverwalk. If you’re looking for some peace and quiet, there is an entrance to Waccamaw National Wildlife Refuge about 15 minutes south of Conway where you can view a variety of animals and birds in a beautiful natural habitat. You can also kayak or canoe on the Waccamaw River.
Two gorgeous sights await you in Murrells Inlet: Brookgreen Gardens and Huntington State Beach. Technically, you have to pass Myrtle Beach, but this 25-minute journey south is worth it. Brookgreen Gardens should be on everyone’s list of places to stop on the way to Myrtle Beach. This oasis off of Highway 17 has a renowned botanical garden that highlights the flora of South Carolina. There is also a sculpture garden, Lowcountry zoo, and history abound at this fantastic stop near Myrtle Beach. If you want to avoid the beach crowds of Myrtle, you’ll love spending time at Huntington Beach State Park. Three miles of pristine South Carolina beach is the main attraction here in addition to tree-shaded paths and excellent bird watching. Atalaya, a stunning Moorish-style winter home for the Milton and Anna Huntington, is also an interesting site to explore as you relax in this beautiful state park.
Your warm and cozy bed at Abingdon Manor awaits you after your day trip to Myrtle Beach. Our Boutique Hotel located in the small, safe, and charming town of Latta, SC, has everything that you need for an escape from the hustle and bustle of the outside world. Relax with your favorite book in one of our historic parlors or take in a deep breath of fresh air on our well-manicured grounds. At night, experience exquisite cuisine at our restaurant before retiring to one of our luxurious rooms. Whether you’re diving into South Carolina’s rich history or taking a retreat away from work, Abingdon Manor is a true oasis.
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