Situated along South Carolina's famed Grand Strand, Myrtle Beach and its rippling tides are ideal for seaside sunning and heaps of blue-ribbon recreation. Visit one of the East Coast's most popular beach destinations—coming in second on the Travel Channel's list of the Top 10 US Beaches—with this week's Escape to Aqua Beach Inn.
For a Father's Day gift to get dad's motor running, opt for a two-night stay for two in a king or double-queen studio with a NASCAR Ride Along Experience for two ($219) or a NASCAR Driving Experience for two ($433). If he cares more about the beach than the race track, you can't go wrong with two nights in a king or double-queen studio for two ($199).
Studio accommodations come equipped with full kitchens, modern décor, and private balconies offering sweeping view of the Atlantic. For a surf-side perspective, pack a beach bag and hit the South Carolina sand less than 500 feet from your door. You'll take to the ocean like a fish to water, as boogie boarders, surfers, and other leisure lovers soak up the sun around you.
The nearby boardwalk is always buzzing with life. "It's a mile-long oceanfront destination in itself, day or night, drawing in visitors of all ages," says Fodor's review of the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk. "You can take the kids to play in the old-time arcade or for a soft-serve ice cream cone, shop for a souvenir at the Gay Dolphin, shuck oysters at Dirty Don's, pull up a stool at the Bowery (the legendary bar that gave country band Alabama its start), or just stroll or sit, taking in the beach scene."
Just minutes from your hotel, the NASCAR Racing Experience at Myrtle Beach Speedway offers fans the ultimate racing rush. On two Ride Along Experiences, you'll sit shotgun in a real NASCAR race car as a professional racing instructor takes off from pit road for three exhilarating laps around the track.
Or, hop in the driver's seat for two three-hour Driving Experiences. You'll start by meeting with your crew chief and receiving training, then you're ready to take off on a five-minute solo race. There's no pace car to follow and no instructor in the passenger seat, just in-car radio communications and wide-open track. When time is up, you walk away with helmet hair and a graduate certificate recording your top speed.
Avoid a drab destination with this week's Escape. Averaging 215 days of sun per year, Myrtle Beach is the place to go for a colorful vacation.
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Aqua Beach Inn
A Two-Night Stay for Two with a NASCAR Ride Along Experience for Two ($219) or NASCAR Driving Experience for Two ($433), or a Two-Night Stay for Two ($199)
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