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Coastal Carolina Road Trip

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378.3 miles: 9 hours, 3 minutes
Ideally, you’ll take several days to enjoy the personality and hospitality of those living in the unique communities of the Lowcountry of the Carolinas. Maybe it’s the pungent smell from salty marshes that casts a spell, or a sugary buzz from the lemon-filled sweet tea, but there’s an undeniable draw that makes you want to linger on porches after twilight.
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Charleston, SC to Myrtle Beach, SC
111.0 miles: 2 hours, 39 minutes
As you leave the historic and colorful city between the Cooper and Ashley rivers, ride through the lush Francis Marion National Forest to the north. There's not a view of the water from Ocean Highway, but when you need a break, stop at one of the pristine state parks or visit the distinctive seaside towns of Georgetown, Pawleys Island or Murrells Inlet.
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Myrtle Beach, SC to Wilmington, NC
78.0 miles: 1 hours, 50 minutes
Your arrival in Myrtle Beach is marked by the tourist kitsch by which the city is known—a mini golf course and billboards with giant crabs hawking buffets. The Grand Strand has done much to update itself from the days of the Pavilion into a destination for upscale shopping, golf and entertainment, but “Restaurant Row” on Kings Highway is here to stay.
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Wilmington, NC to New Bern, NC
137.2 miles: 3 hours, 9 minutes
Wilmington features the mile-long Riverwalk and is a convenient location for day trips. Many drive to Carolina Beach or Fort Fisher. Then you’ll head inland through the military enclave of Jacksonville en route to the Colonial port city of New Bern on the Neuse River. It’s also a short ride away from the communities of the Crystal Coast.
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New Bern, NC to Beaufort, NC
52.1 miles: 1 hours, 23 minutes
The path to the Crystal Coast goes through Morehead City before arriving in pirate country. Beaufort is the site of Blackbeard’s 1718 shipwreck of the Queen Anne’s Revenge, so pirate lore is a cottage industry at the Front Street shops. Look across Beaufort Inlet for the wild horses of the Shackleford Banks. Atlantic Beach and Emerald Isle are just minutes away.