Just beyond the border into South Carolina, you suddenly hit the exuberant mega-tourism of the “Grand Strand,” a 25-mile-long conglomeration of resort hotels, amusement arcades, and Coney Island-style Americana that centers on Myrtle Beach, the state’s number-one tourist destination.

South of here things quiet down considerably, as coastal US-17 winds past the lush lowland marshes, passing through historic Georgetown and numerous preserved plantations before reaching Charleston, one of the most gracious and engaging cities in the southern United States.

Map of the Atlantic Coast through South Carolina.
Map of the Atlantic Coast through South Carolina.