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Albuquerque, NM

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Myrtle Beach, SC

With over 60 miles of warm, sandy beaches, it is no surprise that Myrtle Beach is such a popular vacation choice for millions of Americans. One of the top domestic tourist destinations in the continental United States, Myrtle Beach, SC, welcomes nearly 14 million visitors a year who come to enjoy wide beaches, the Atlantic Ocean, and activities and entertainment including shopping and dining, sightseeing cruises, nightclubs, waterparks, museums, and golf, golf, golf.

History

Myrtle Beach, also known as The Grand Strand, first incorporated as a town in 1938 and became a city in 1957. Its name comes from the wax myrtle, a shrub that grows abundantly in the area. In the late 1800ís and early 1900ís, people began to vacation here, though there were few permanent residents. Drawn by the beauty of the area, more people began to call Myrtle Beach "home" as the 1900ís progressed and in recent years, according to the 2000 Census, the city is the 13th fastest growing US metropolitan area.

Sights

In 1931, Archer and Anna Hyatt Huntington, founded Brookgreen Gardens to preserve native flora and fauna and to display objects of art within that natural setting. Today, Brookgreen Gardens is a National Historic Landmark with the most significant collection of figurative sculpture in an outdoor setting by American artists in the world, and has the only Association of Zoos and Aquarium-accredited zoo on the Carolina coast, offering a variety of daily programs, exhibitions, excursions and special events that change seasonally. South of Myrtle Beach and north of Georgetown, Brookgreen Gardenís Lowcountry History & Wildlife Preserve is a diverse mix of forested swamps, salt marsh, sandy ridges and fresh tidal swamps. A 5-hour motor coach Low Country Tour is a comfortable and scenic way to enjoy these sites.

The Historic Bedon Lucas House is one of only five remaining "high houses" in South Carolina. Called a "high house" because it was built high off of the ground, it was built in the 1820ís very near to the first settlement in Hickory Valley where it still stands today, one of the oldest homes in the county. In 1996, the Colleton County Historic and Preservation Society raised funds to purchase the property and properly maintain the house for future generations. With historical and antique artifacts inside the house, not to mention the antique architecture itself, it is a must-see for the early American history buff.

Sea, Sand and Sun

With more than 200 sunny days and a temperate year-round climate, Myrtle Beach offers endless hours of swimming, surfing, sailing, and other sun and sand favorites. Take your pick of fishing opportunities: cast off from one of the cityís seven piers or one of the Grand Strand's many boats for a deep sea challenge. With over 120 regulation golf courses and nearly 50 miniature golf courses, Myrtle Beach is rightly named the "golf capital of the world."

Myrtle Beach Speedway has been the training ground for some of NASCARís biggest stars. Racing fans can watch live racing action and see the future stars of NASCAR every Saturday night. Kids of all ages enjoy a visit to the NASCAR SpeedPark, on Highway 17, for stock car racing, racing games and racing simulators.

For adventures of slower paced kind, spend a day or two in one of Myrtle Beach's nearby state parks. Myrtle Beach State Park, four miles south on Highway 17, has 312 acres of beaches and oceanfront land. Activities include camping, renting a cabin, picnicking, fishing and visiting the nature center, not to mention all the swimming, beachcombing and other water activities you can enjoy on the one mile stretch of beach. Take a hike on the 4.4-mile Sculptured Oak Nature Trail for a close-up, look at native foliage and wildlife. Huntington Beach is the other nearby state park, three miles south of Murrells Inlet on Highway 17. Activities include some of the state's best bird watching, embarking on Coastal Exploration "field trips" to see alligators and marshes and touring the Atalaya, the winter home and studio of American sculptress Anna Hyatt Huntington, modeled on a 15th century Moorish castle.

Family-Friendly Attractions

Myrtle Beachís Family Kingdom features more than 30 rides, including a thrilling wooden roller coaster and South Carolina's largest Ferris wheel with one-of-a-kind views of the ocean. Locals and vacationers alike know it as the hottest spot in town for having the time of their lives. Splash down on a Log Flume, freefall 110 feet in the Slingshot Drop Zone, bounce a bit on bumper cars or hit the Go-Kart tracks. Family Kingdom's oceanfront waterpark is just across the street. Speed down a water slide or simply relax as you drift down a lazy river. Children can enjoy splash pools with two refreshing rain trees, a uniquely designed waterfall and eight kiddy slides.

South Carolina's most visited attraction, Ripley'sģ Aquarium is a $40 million, state-of-the-art, 87,000 square-foot aquarium experience. Guests are entertained by some of the world's most beautiful, fascinating and dangerous aquatic life. Dive shows and marine education classes are presented hourly.

Giving an in-depth look at Myrtle Beach past and present, Carolina Safari Jeep Tours explore salt marshes, hear tales and legends, see a 15th century style Moorish castle, visit a rice plantation, see cypress trees and real slave cabins and chapels. Discover how Native American, Spanish, French, British, Jewish and African cultures are intertwined to create the coastís unique Gullah culture.

The Children's Museum of South Carolina is less a museum and more a discovery center filled with captivating interactive fun for kids of all ages. Your children will be able to explore fossils, learn about rocks, discover the wonders of the human body, engage in a special puppet show, and more.

Take a walk on the wild side at Alligator Adventure, the Reptile Capital of the World! These mighty beasts range in size up to 13 feet in length and up to 600 pounds! Visitors can also meet Wendy and Casper, two solid white albino alligators. Live shows and feedings are popular with visitors at this incredible facility, and Alligator Adventure features river otters, tropical birds, frogs, lizards, giant Galapagos tortoises, turtles, and snakes. Ideal for the entire family, Alligator Adventure is as exciting and fun as it is educational!

Theaters & Live Shows

Le Grande Cirque is a mesmerizing spectacle of artistry and imagination performed by some of the world's greatest acrobatic and theatrical performers.

Super group Alabama, winners of every major award in country music, appear regularly at the 2000 seat Alabama theatre. Together with Opryland USA, they bring the American Pride Show to the Grand Strand. Big stars and the popular Christmas in Dixie series ensure a great show year round.

Calvin Gilmore's Carolina Opry provides family entertainment that combines comedy and music for a memorable evening.

At Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede, you can come out for some good ol' down home knee slappin' entertainment the whole family will love as 32 horses perform astounding feats while you relax and enjoy a 4 course Southern feast.

Festivals and Events

Annual festivals, events, rallies and celebrations include Sun Fun Celebration of Summer in early June, Beach Boogie & BBQ in late August, Canadian-American Days in mid-March, and the Grand Strand Fishing Rodeo, from April through October.

The Atalaya Arts and Crafts Festival each fall features fine art, quality crafts and Lowcountry food, along with the musical offerings of several of the areaís finest musicians.

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Coppertoppe Inn & Retreat Center
Hebron, NH
United States

What could be more refreshing than a relaxing getaway at a clean, quiet lake in the White Mountains of New Hampshire? Discover luxury lodging and retreat facilities overlooking pristine Newfound Lake...the "hidden gem " of the Lakes Region of NH.

Coppertoppe Inn & Retreat Center

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8 Range Rd
Hebron, New Hampshire  03241
United States
603-744-3636
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Email:
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