What most people think of as "Myrtle Beach" is actually a larger area known as the "Grand Strand." The Grand Strand is about 60 miles long, but only a few miles wide. It stretches from Calabash, NC to Pawleys Island, SC. In between are North Myrtle Beach, Restaurant Row, Myrtle Beach, Surfside Beach, Garden City Beach, and Murrells Inlet. Many people include the inland town of Conway, SC and Georgetown on the far south end. Highway 17, whether Business or Bypass, is the main road that takes you along the Grand Strand. A person giving directions usually starts out with "Get on 17 and head north..." Or south. Because of the way the coastline is aligned, they actually mean "northeast" or "southwest," but nobody says that. Savvy locals know that in Myrtle Beach, Grissom Parkway parallels Hwy. 17 and usually has very light traffic. If you need to cover some ground, Hwy. 31, on the other side of the Intracoastal Waterway, is a six lane highway that stretches from North Myrtle Beach to the Surfside area. It will eventually go all the way to Murrells Inlet.