The King’s Highway was an approximately 1,300 mile route built from 1650-1735 on the order of King Charles II who wanted to connect his colonies along the American coast from Charleston to Boston. Today U.S. Highway 17 closely follows the route of that original highway from Florida to Virginia. The 200-mile section from Charleston to Wilmington makes for an amazing trip with great local food, exciting outdoor recreation, museums and attractions, and gorgeous coastal beauty through the Carolinas.
While this particular road trip is just 200 miles it would be easy to travel it in various ways. It’s possible to make this a short weekend trip by spending Friday night in Charleston, Saturday night in Myrtle Beach, and Sunday night in Wilmington (or vice versa), but it’s also possible to stretch this road trip out to a full week. Either way you want to plan this trip Myrtle Beach makes a good center point. You could also add a night at a B&B in Georgetown and Southport, or enjoy camping at Huntington Beach State Park or Carolina Beach State Park.