2018-10-12 / Front Page

Fort Gordon is close to America’s top destinations

Laura Levering
Fort Gordon Public Affairs Office


Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, boasts 60 miles of sandy shoreline and has a wide range of beachfront accommodations from homes to hotels. Many of the hotels feature amenities to include outdoor heated pools, indoor pools, spas and arcades. Laura Levering / Fort Gordon Public Affairs Office Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, boasts 60 miles of sandy shoreline and has a wide range of beachfront accommodations from homes to hotels. Many of the hotels feature amenities to include outdoor heated pools, indoor pools, spas and arcades. Laura Levering / Fort Gordon Public Affairs Office Georgia is in the heart of the south, putting Fort Gordon in close proximity to some of North America’s most popular vacation destinations; many of which are beaches.

From Daytona Beach, Florida, to North Carolina’s Outer Banks, there is a plethora of beaches to choose from along the east coast within reasonable driving distance. And for some, there is no better time to plan a trip than now, especially if you prefer crowd-free beaches and milder temperatures.

Consistently voted one of America’s top favorite beach towns, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, is approximately 230 miles away, or a four-hour drive, from the Central Savannah River Area. Offering 60 miles of sandy shoreline and hundreds of attractions suitable for year-round vacationing, the accolades should come as no surprise.


Broadway at the Beach is one of South Carolina’s top destinations for locals and tourists alike. Located in the heart of Myrtle Beach, the shopping center and entertainment complex surrounds Lake Broadway and features more than 20 restaurants, dozens of specialty shops, theaters and more. Laura Levering / Fort Gordon Public Affairs Office Broadway at the Beach is one of South Carolina’s top destinations for locals and tourists alike. Located in the heart of Myrtle Beach, the shopping center and entertainment complex surrounds Lake Broadway and features more than 20 restaurants, dozens of specialty shops, theaters and more. Laura Levering / Fort Gordon Public Affairs Office Regardless of an individual’s likes, dislikes, and budget, Myrtle Beach offers plenty for everyone. And while impromptu weekend trips are easier on the wallet during fall and winter months compared to spring and summer, a little pre-planning can stretch your wallet a long way.

Travel by airplane is an option with Myrtle Beach International Airport, but the drive can be an adventure in itself. If you follow the recommended route on your GPS, chances are the route will take you through US-501; a 40-mile stretch of highway just outside of Myrtle Beach.

US-501 is lined with billboards promoting area attractions that may leave visitors contemplating how to manage everything to do in one trip. Here is the thing: people can’t. Myrtle Beach is one of those places that requires multiple trips if a person wants to experience all it has to offer.

Fortunately there are several welcome centers with visitors’ guides, brochures, and savings’ coupons along the way to help individuals determine and organize plans. Add souvenir shops, outlet shopping, and countless fresh produce stands to reasons to drive.

Those who plan in advance can save on top of off-season discounts by booking accommodations online through sites such as Groupon, Living Social, or similar. A lot of places offer military discounts.

When it comes to things to do, Broadway at the Beach and the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk and Promenade are two of the area’s most popular tourist destinations.

Broadway at the Beach features several indoor attractions including Ripley’s Aquarium, WonderWorks, the Hollywood Wax Museum Entertainment Center, dozens of unique shops, restaurants, and more. Outside there are amusement park rides, helicopter rides, zip lining across a lake, mini-golf, beach rider jet boats, and more.

Foranexperiencealongthebeach, make time for the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk and Promenade. The 1.2-mile stretch officially opened in May 2010 and has been ranked as one of the top three boardwalks by National Geographic and Travel and Leisure. Myrtle Beach Boardwalk and Promenade features a park where live entertainment and festivals take place throughout the year, sand volleyball courts, beachfront dining, shops, a tourist-friendly pier with restaurants, and the Myrtle Beach SkyWheel, which is a Ferris wheel rounding out at 187 feet.

Beyond being a popular beach destination, Myrtle Beach is also known as “the Golf Capital of the World,” with more than 100 golf courses to choose from. To say there is plenty to see and do is an understatement. Whether searching for a weekend getaway or weeklong vacation, consider Myrtle Beach. Visitors are bound to discover there is so much more to Myrtle Beach than sandy shoreline.

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