Highways & State Routes

Getting around Myrtle Beach is easy, thanks in part to the numbered avenue systems and the recent addition of "Bob" roads — Robert Grissom Parkway and Robert Edge Parkway. Now getting to and from places on the Grand Strand is simpler too, if you know which highways to use.

The additions of State Routes S.C. 22 and S.C. 31 in recent years along with improvements in connectivity to the existing roads, including Highways such as U.S. 501 and U.S. 17 Business and Bypass, have made it more convenient than ever to get to, from and around the Grand Strand.

With the Atlantic Ocean serving as a barrier to the east, think of the Myrtle Beach area's highway system as a tic-tac-toe board, with three main thoroughfares running north and south and three running east and west.

Here is a breakdown of the six major highways:

U.S. Highway 17 South in North Myrtle Beach

North-South Roads

U.S. 17 Business: This road runs directly through the heart of the Grand Strand, from the N.C. state line to Georgetown. Nicknamed Kings Highway, the road can get congested during the summer months, especially near Restaurant Row and The Market Common. New connections to U.S. 17 Bypass, S.C. 31 and S.C. 22 have made it easier to avoid long stretches on Kings Highway.

U.S. 17 Bypass: Running from the north end of Myrtle Beach south to Murrells Inlet, this road was designed to alleviate traffic from Kings Highway. The Bypass is now developed to the point that it too can get thick with traffic so many use S.C. 31 instead.

S.C. 31: Also known as Carolina Bays Parkway, this is a red-light free, 65-mph highway that runs from S.C. 9 in Little River to S.C. 544 in Socastee. Current construction will extend the route all the way to S.C. 707 in Murrells Inlet, allowing visitors to turn a long drive on U.S.17 into a 20-minute sprint on S.C. 31.

East-West Roads

Highway 501: The traditional route to the beach that longtime visitors may remember sitting in traffic anxiously awaiting their arrival to the beach. While it's still the most direct path to Myrtle Beach, there are new alternatives, especially for guests taying on the north or south sides of Myrtle Beach.

Highway 22: Also known as the Conway Bypass, this road is a 65-mph, multi-lane expressway that allows visitors to cut Highway 501 out of its travel plans, or at least reduce the time spent on it. Highway 22 breaks off of 501 in Aynor and offers a 32-mile trip to the coast. It lets out on Restaurant Row on Kings Highway just after connecting with Highway 31.

Highway 544: This state highway has been widened to allow faster access to the Surfside Beach. The extension of Highway 31 has made it easier and quicker to commute between the North Strand to the South Strand.

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