Getting to Myrtle Beach by Car!

Driving Directions to Myrtle Beach - Myrtle Beach is easily reached from most major eastern cities...but everyone that has ever driven to Myrtle Beach knows that sometime you can get bogged down by traffic.

Myrtle Beach has gotten some new roads to ease the congestion that was such a bottleneck in some areas. Traditionally one of the biggest problems was getting in and out of Myrtle Beach across Hwy 501. Saturdays were congested due to incoming traffic and Sunday afternoons were a nightmare getting out!

It's easier nowadays to get to and around Myrtle Beach. U.S. 17 runs north to south and is the primary road into and out of the area in those directions. U.S. 501 is the main east-west highway from Conway to the Beach. Click on Map at right and you'll see what we mean!

When we traveled back and forth from New York to Myrtle Beach for many years, we would cut down through Georgetown, take Route 521 and try all the other back ways as well - out of the way, but worth it then. Now there is relief! A new four-lane highway, Route 22, 60 mph road links 501 
west of Conway, makes a grand circle and brings you out on  Route 17, north of Myrtle Beach - close to Kingston Plantation and Barefoot Landing, destination for many golfers.

The new Carolina Bays Parkway S.C. Hwy 31 runs parallel to U.S. 17, but unlike stop and go on 17 it has a 65 mile hour speed limit, so makes a great route to take from 501 to Route 9 in Little River. Pick it up at the Carolina Forest development on 501.
Robert Grissom Parkway (new as well) runs from Harrelson Blvd (the new access road to MB International Airport) to the Carolina Bays Parkway or visa versa. This road runs parallel to Route 17 from the Airport, cuts over to Carolina Bay Parkway at about 62nd Street - so from Route 707 to 62nd street you can bypass all the mid Myrtle Beach traffic. These roads have been life-savers for locals and tourists alike.

Depending on which part of the Grand Strand you would like to go, you can use the following directions. For many years we drove back and forth to New York, Cincinnati, Raleigh, Atlanta and Florida. All within easy driving distances.

From the North and I-95:

Exit I-95 at Dillon, SC and follow route 301 to Latta and then 501 East. If you're headed south of 501, you might want to take 544 which brings you out on Route 17 south of Myrtle Beach airport. This is the way to go if you're headed for Surfside, Garden City, Murrells Inlet, Pawleys Island or Georgetown. It's approximately 30 miles all the way down to Georgetown!
If you're headed north you can take new route 22 in Conway to North Myrtle Beach. (the Barefoot Landing, Kinston Plantation area). You can also continue on 501 and pick up the new Carolina Bays Pkwy and exit onto Robert Grissom Pkwy to go to any of Central Myrtle Beach. These new routes will prevent you from growing old in your car!
From the South and I-95:

Take 26 East towards Charleston, SC. Then 526 East to Mount Pleasant. Continue and take exit to 17 North to Georgetown. Continue on 17 North through Georgetown, Pawleys Island and Murrels Inlet. You can then continue north on 17 until you get to your stopping point!

From the West (Columbia and  beyond - Cincinnati, Knoxville) Take I-26 to go to the South End of Beach
Exit I-26 at Exit 107B I-20 E to Florence and go north for about 0.4 miles. Continue on I-20 and go east for about 77 miles. Continue on I-20 Spur and go east for 2.1 miles. Turn left on US-76 and go east for 23 miles. Continue on SC-576 and go southeast for 3.1 miles. Continue on US-501-BR and go southeast for 0.9 miles. If you're headed south of 501, you might want to take 544 which brings you out on Route 17 south of Myrtle Beach airport. This is the way to go if you're headed for Surfside, Garden City, Murrells Inlet, Pawleys Island or Georgetown. It's approximately 30 miles all the way down to Georgetown!
If you're headed north you can take new route 22 in Conway to North Myrtle Beach. (the Barefoot Landing, Kinston Plantation area). You can also continue on 501 and pick up the new Carolina Bays Pkwy and exit onto Robert Grissom Pkwy to go to any of Central Myrtle Beach. These new routes will prevent you from growing old in your car!
Alternate Route from Columbia, SC (this is a back way - sometimes good to avoid traffic)

Take US - 378 East for approximately 45 miles to Sumter, SC. Take US - 521 South through Greeleyville and Andrews to Georgetown, SC (approx. 80 miles). Make a left onto US - 17 North. Follow directions at traffic light and turn right continuing on US - 17 North through Georgetown, Pawleys Island and Litchfield.
Alternate Route from I-95 North or South (this is also a back way and many of us take it when we want to avoid the "weekend traffic".
Take Exit # 122 (Alcolu) in South Carolina. Exit onto State Highway 521 South. Stay on Highway 521 South for Approximately 65 miles until you reach Georgetown, SC. You will travel through Manning, Greeleyville and Andrews during this time. When in Georgetown make a left onto Highway 17 North. Almost immediately Highway 17 will bear to your right (across from Burger King). Follow 17 North through Pawleys Island and Litchfield Beach, Murrells Inlet, all the way up 17 as far as you want to go.
(Watch your speed limits through the small towns - if it states 35 MPH - it means it!)   
                                    
Also please check out the Best Way to Get to Myrtle Beach by Air

Following is listed approximate distances to and from other major cities to Myrtle Beach

Atlanta, GA 350
Baton Rouge, LA 870
Boston, MA 850
Buffalo, NY 760
Charleston, WV 425
Charlotte, NC 180
Chicago, IL 880
Cincinnati, OH 610
Columbia, SC 170
Daytona Beach ,Fl 425 Detroit, MI 765
Indianapolis, IN 710
Lexington, KY 540
Memphis, TN 725
Miami. Fl 680
Montreal,  990 
Mobile, AL 670
Nashville, TN 570
New Orleans, LA 810
New York City, NY 640
Orlando, FL 470
Ottawa, ONT 950
Philadelphia, PA 550
Quebec 1,125
Raleigh, NC 170
Savannah, GA 200
St Louis, MO 860
Syracuse, NY 770
Tampa, FL 525
Virginia Beach, VA 318
Washington, DC 419 
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