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Charleston and Myrtle Beach

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Charleston and Myrtle Beach

Hi, my elderly mother (we live in Scotland, UK) has asked me to take her on holiday to South Carolina. The places she wants to see are Charleston, and Myrtle beach, maybe some other notable areas of interest. Are there any companies that do 'escorted' tours eg perhaps spending a few days in each place? Can you recommend anything along these lines, either specific or general advice? Thanks and kind regards.

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1. Re: Charleston and Myrtle Beach

Contact Charleston Convention and Group Services.

http://www.destinationcharlestonsc.com

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2. Re: Charleston and Myrtle Beach

What time of year are you planning to come? In the summer, Myrtle Beach is particularly family oriented ~ ie tons of children all around. Depending on your mom's age, ability to get around, etc that may not be an ideal time to go to Myrtle Beach. Tons of kids everywhere may not bother her at all, but thought it was worth mentioning.

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Thank you very much for taking the time to respond. The website suggested by the gentleman Mike looks good and Endosunshine your point makes sense. We're looking to go 'late May/ early June' and hence from your description it may well be that Myrtle Beach is not really ideal for my mum. She is almost 75 years (so not that old!) and she can move around well, but anyway I think the charm/ interest of Charleston is more the kind of thing that would suit her. She read a very positive newspaper article on Myrtle Beach and that prompted her to suggest "Charleston and Myrtle beach" but maybe we just base ourselves in Charleston and then visit some other places via 'day trips' and/ or guided tours? Thanks again & best wishes (happy new year!)

Jason

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4. Re: Charleston and Myrtle Beach

Charleston was recently voted the #1 vacation destination in the world. If you stayed in the historic district, you could walk most places, except the outlying attractions such as plantations, Angel Oak tree, etc. There are also 3 local beaches about 20 min from downtown Charleston. The Isle of Palms, Sullivan's Island and Folly Beach, so you could also get some beach time as well. In the summer, the traffic in Myrtle Beach is horrendous and since it is so spread out, it requires a good bit of driving. Here are a few links to attractions in Charleston.

www.charlestoncvb.com

www.historiccharleston.org

www.schoonerpride.com

www.nature-tours.com

www.charlestonmuseum.org

www.middletonplace.org

www.angeloaktree.org

Between Myrtle Beach are some interesting spots also..

www.brookgreen.org

www.hopsewee.com

The more historic spots may appeal to your mom more than mini golf and water parks.

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5. Re: Charleston and Myrtle Beach

endosunshine mentioned two of my favorite spots south of Myrtle Beach:

brookgreen and hopsewee.

Hopsewee has a lovely full southern tea that is worth the trip alone,

not to mention the house tour. Check it out :)

But I would mention Litchfield Beach and Golf Resort

www.google.com/url…

I mention the resort specifically because they have lovely condos ( 1 or 2 bedroom) as well as elevators, golf cart pickup service to the beach front and one of the few handicapped access beach ramps I have seen. (Not all their beach accesses are handicapped but the main beach club access IS.

Litchfield has outdoor and indoor pools and hot tubs, a spa and fitness facilities and a restaurant on site and is close to Brookgreen Gardens.

Perhaps I missed it, but what time of year are you planning to visit?

September is lovely... :)

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6. Re: Charleston and Myrtle Beach

Yes, just noticed my typo ~ it should read "between Myrtle Beach and Charleston".

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7. Re: Charleston and Myrtle Beach

Thanks again for your very helpful follow ups! I'm definitely thinking to base in Charleston then, though given that my mum is strong in her views, I may look to take her to Myrtle Beach for at least a day trip, to satisfy her that she got to visit one of the places that she mentioned. I'm going to go through all of the links that you kindly sent over the next few days, but can you please tell me how easy it is to do a 'day trip' from Charleston to visit Myrtle Beach? Is it a journey that is sensible to do on a round trip in a day, even for the sake of seeing it?

(And in answer to JT's question: we are looking to go late May/ early June owing to work commitments. Hopefully that is a nice time to visit?)

Kind regards,

Jason

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8. Re: Charleston and Myrtle Beach

From Charleston to Myrtle Beach (and vice versa) is about a 2.5 hour drive. Could be slightly more or less, depending on exactly "where you start and where you end, as well as the level of traffic.

I am not aware of any tours that make this trip, altho there may be some. Usually the best solution is to rent a car. Myrtle Beach is actually very spread out and the "Grand Strand" area encompasses about 60 miles of coastline. There is the town of North Myrtle Beach, then Myrtle Beach ~ divided into north and south sections, Atlantic Beach, Garden City Beach, Surfside Beach, etc just to name part of them. In that area there are outlet malls, regular malls, beach front areas, hotels, condos, private homes, rental homes, lots of touristy t-shirt shops, mini-golf, water parks, etc, etc. So you would need to have some idea of what you wish to see, as it is not a concentrated area. Perhaps it would help if you could pinpoint something specific that she read about.

Regarding May/June.... Most schools in the area will finish classes in late May, early June. In Myrtle Beach the crowds, traffic, etc will increase greatly beginning in June as people take their summer vacations while school is out. Mid June thru early August will be the most crowded time. To be fair, crowds will increase in Charleston as well, but I don't think it is quite as drastic of a change.

Temperatures last year during the last 15 days of May for daily high temps ranged from 71 to 89 F, overnight lows from 50 to 73 F. The first 20 days of June - highs 75-90 F and lows 57 to74 F. So compared to what you are used to, that may feel rather warm. Add to that our high humidity. It is certainly not unbearable (after all, we do it each year), but April, early May are the most pleasant times of year, weather wise.

I would so love to visit Scotland sometime, it is high on my list of "must see" spots. :-)

Edited: 03 January 2013, 14:21
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Thanks very much again (I only now read your post as not been on 'home e-mail for a couple of days). If/ when you come to Scotland please ask my opinion and I'll happily give you some up to date thoughts. I presume you can contact me directly via Trip Advisor? I don't want to put my personal e-mail up on the web-site obviously. Your help has been great, already more than enough. Out of interest are you just helping out to be a 'good citizen' or do you work for Trip Advisor?? I'm new to Trip Advisor and I'm genuinely impressed and quite humbled by the generosity of advice that is being offered without cost ... :-)

In answer to your last point, we *could* possibly do the trip in say mid-May. Is there a cut off point that the schools stop and Charleston and Myrtle get busy eg say 25th May or whenever, so we can look to adjust accordingly? It sounds like early/ mid May and September are the best times to visit for good weather and less crowds (we like hot, we don't get hot in Scotland it's (the weather) is the *only* real criticism I could make of our beautiful country ... :-)

Thanks & have a great weekend.

Jason

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10. Re: Charleston and Myrtle Beach

Trip Advisor contributors are not paid, they are all volunteers who have either traveled to various cities/places (some extensively, some not so much) or live there, most are happy to share their knowledge.

No, never post your personal e-mail, yes, folks can get in touch w/you through TA.

Schools let out in the US for the summer around Memorial Day, which is May 31...some shortly before, the rest pretty quickly thereafter.

Edited: 05 January 2013, 14:00