DETAILS: Myrtle Beach, S.C.
GETTING THERE: Myrtle Beach is about 450 miles from Washington, a trip that requires about 7 1/2 hours of driving. (Check AAA's Fuel Cost Calculator at http:/
WHERE TO STAY: Every kind of accommodation can be found along the Grand Strand, including family-owned motels and condos on or across the street from the beach. The scene on Ocean Boulevard in Myrtle Beach proper can be rowdy, and accommodations are hit-or-miss. I stayed a few blocks from the beach, at the Sheraton Myrtle Beach Convention Center Hotel (2101 N. Oak St., 866-716-8127, http:/
the Breakers (two locations: North Ocean Boulevard at 21st and 27th avenues, 800-952-4507, http:/
WHAT TO DO:
Hard Rock Park (211 George Bishop Pkwy., 843-236-7625, http:/
WHERE TO EAT: Among Hard Rock's many culinary offerings is the Carnaby Street Cafe, a British-themed eatery with a quite good prime rib sandwich ($9.99) as well as passable facsimiles of such fare as fish and chips ($8.99). Outside the park, the thematic approach continues at such popular places as the NASCAR Sports Grille (1808 21st Ave. N., 843-946-7223, http:/
INFORMATION: Myrtle Beach Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, 800-356-3016, http:/