Myrtle Beach is a favorite spot, but there's much more to this region. Since the founding of the Carolinas in 1660, they've had a rich history that's left its mark on the towns, coast and in the cuisine.

Are you looking to do a little exploring of the Carolinas, outside of Myrtle Beach? If so, read on to learn about the best day trips from Myrtle Beach.

Myrtle Beach Day Trips

Calabash

North of Myrtle Beach and over the state border into North Carolina is a beautiful coastal attraction. Calabash might only be a half hour drive from Myrtle Beach but you can spend the day there, and you have to include at least one meal.

Calabash is famous for its seafood which is cooked distinctively. The unique cooking style is based on dipping the seafood in evaporated milk before drenching it in flour, cornmeal, and pepper. It's then deep fried until it is golden, crunchy, and delicious.

Don't expect small portions. A Calabash style platter is generous which is what you would expect from southern hospitality. Expect to take home a doggy bag.

After you've dined, find some time to explore the Sunset River Marketplace. The crafts on display include glass, pottery, and jewelry. You might buy and take home an example of local creativity.

Charleston

A little further away is historic Charleston. It's a 2.5-hour drive, but there's plenty to see and do for the whole day. If you are interested in history, the landmarks alone will fill your day. If you prefer retail therapy, there's plenty for you too.

The history is of Charleston is best enjoyed by viewing the beautiful buildings. It was founded in 1670 and named after Charles II. Visit Fort Sumner, several museums housed in grand old houses, Fort Moultrie, and the Morris Island Lighthouse. It exudes the charm of a bygone age of southern manners and hospitality.

The City Market offers shoppers many delights and is situated in the center of the city. Take a stroll through this welcoming city. Dining is a treat too with award-winning restaurants and a diverse range of cuisines.

At the close of the day, make your way to the Charleston Waterfront Park or the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge. These are the best places to take in the stunning sunset — a highlight to a fascinating and enjoyable day out from Myrtle Beach.

Little River

If you're looking for somewhere to go the weekend after Mother's Day look no further than Little River. This is the venue for the annual Blue Crab Festival. It takes place on both Saturday and Sunday.

Enjoy live music on the beach, cruise the specialty food stalls or shop for arts and crafts. It's family friendly too with a kid's zone with appropriate entertainment for the little ones.

There's a comfortable going pace to Little River which makes a nice change from Myrtle Beach. The laid-back attitude extends to gambling too. Gambling boats set off for international waters twice a day to take high rollers and careful players alike out to chance their luck.

If your taste is to take your chances with another type of boat, the fishing boats will take you for a spot of deep-sea fishing. Alternatively, a party boat might be more your style.

Little River is 30 minutes north of Myrtle Beach up the Carolina Bays Parkway. A short drive but a great day out for the family or music-loving adults.

Georgetown

Turn south from Myrtle Beach and the delights of Georgetown await you. It's a short ride down Highway 17. In less than an hour, you could be sitting in a harborside restaurant enjoying freshly caught fish.

The harbor area is worth a walk to see the boats and when you've had your fill of them, visit the boat museum in downtown Georgetown. Lovers of history, boats and the sea will love it.

To make more of a day of it, visit the historic plantation homes just outside Georgetown. Take a detour on your return to Myrtle Beach and stop by Pawleys Island to enjoy a cool breeze. This is where plantation owners took a rest from the heat of the intense Charleston summers.

If the sculpture is your thing, drop in at Murrell's inlet area. Brookgreen Gardens have statues for all tastes in a beautiful garden setting. You'll find the natural beauty of Huntington Beach State Park is worth a visit too.

Folly Beach

Fancy a day's surfing? Never been to Folly Beach? It's time to sample the surf and other water sports at this popular location.

Folly Beach is just over a 2-hour drive from Myrtle Beach. There are several surf spots, and the public beach is a busy, fun place to hang out.

Try your luck on Folly Beach Fishing Pier. If you don't have your fishing equipment, you can hire a rod and bait at the pier. It's fun to fish even if you don't catch anything worth keeping.

Conway

You've hardly left Myrtle Beach, and you're already in Conway. It's a river town with a pretty downtown area and a riverside just perfect for a stroll. The Waccamaw River Memorial Bridge passes over the head.

A riverboat cruise or a paddleboard are both great ways of exploring the river depending on your preference. The Conway Marina is a great place to watch the coming and going of the boats.

Save some time to visit the Ocean Fish Market. You can buy fresh seafood to take home to Myrtle Beach.

A top local restaurant is the Rivertown Bistro. Its reputation reaches right across South Carolina. It's elegant, fashionable, and you are advised to book a table ahead of time.

Take Day Trips from Myrtle Beach

Day trips from Myrtle Beach give you the opportunity to explore the rich culture of the Carolinas. The beautiful coast, historic towns, and welcoming hospitality make every day a pleasure. Explore it and enjoy it.

Here are some more family activities in and around Myrtle Beach.