If you are looking for one of the ten top destinations for a romantic holiday in the US, Myrtle Beach is the place to go for. It is as the ads say - a spring break destination all at once. Plus, a golfing destination, retirement community and family vacation spot.
Vacationers can treat themselves to a foot-stomping show at the Carolina Opry, or cheer on your favorite knight at Medieval Times. You can also chat and mingle with the fishermen of Springmaid Pier, and then stop for ice cream along the boardwalk. Shop and dine at one of the area’s many outdoor entertainment complexes, or simply explore the many beaches of the Grand Strand – every beach with a personality of their own.
The posters beckon saying – “If you only see one show... this is the one! "Top Attraction in Myrtle Beach" according to CNBC!” Well most people go with what the media considers the best. The poster goes on to say it's the only show that has been featured on NBC Nightly News, CNN, TNN, and USA Today, which called it "A Big Hit". The New York Post called it "A Hot Ticket".
However, additionally, The Carolina Opry has won every major South Carolina tourism award including Most Outstanding Attraction and the prestigious Governor's Cup.
According to history, entertainer and entrepreneur Calvin Gilmore launched The Carolina Opry on South Carolina's Grand Strand in 1986. And the live music variety show features a cast of 36 of the nation's top singers, dancers, comedians and musicians in a grand 2200-seater show palace with state-of-the-art sound and lighting and three giant video screens.
Apparently the show, is continually updated with new music and comedy, and consists of two hours of high energy entertainment that blends humour and dancing with everything from rock 'n roll, Broadway and country to classic hits, pop melodies and gospel songs.
They also hold seasonal shows and in November and December the theater is transformed into a winter wonderland where the magic of the season comes alive. Called The Carolina Opry Christmas Special, it is a wonderfully dazzling, jolly and sentimental musical celebration of America's best-loved holiday.
For those who are not into entertainment and high octane music shows, Springmaid Pier has been voted the “Best Pier for Fishing” by readers of the Myrtle Beach Herald. One wonders why have readers of the local Sun News voted the Springmaid Pier “Best of the Beach” so many times over the years? It’s because Myrtle Beach is the longest and most accommodating pier, at 1060 feet long, 36 feet wide, with a 110 foot T at the end. A Myrtle Beach landmark, the Pier is the site of numerous fishing tournaments and offers one of the best views of the entire Grand Strand on the beach. So if you are looking for a quieter, more romantic activity, get yourself down to the Springmaid Pier and relax over an afternoon of fishing.
So what else can one do in Mrytle Beach? The Grand Strand is a large stretch of beaches on the East Coast of the United States, extending from Little River to Georgetown in the U.S. State of South Carolina. It consists of 60+ miles along an essentially uninterrupted arc of beach land, beginning around the Little River and terminating at Winyah Bay. Great sands and great vacation beaches.
It is said that Grand Strand term was coined by The Myrtle Beach Sun columnist Claude Dunnagan in 1949. In fact, Dunnagan wrote a column entitled "From the Grandstand" dated November 19, 1949, in The Myrtle Beach News, and one called "From the Grand Strand" on December 3, 1949. The Sun tabloid which is famous today, was not published until 1950.
So, if you are looking for a romantic or chilled and laid-back holiday sometime soon, the Grand Strand has become a major tourist attraction along the South-eastern coast. The primary city, Myrtle Beach, attracts millions of visitors each season, so book well in advance for accommodation.It offers everything from numerous restaurants and theme parks, making it popular with families and college students in the summer and snow lovers during the winter.