5 Lofty Grand Strand You Won’t Want to Miss

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The Myrtle Beach area offers plenty of beautiful scenery for vacationers to take in — from sweeping Atlantic Ocean vistas and Lowcountry marshlands to the Intracoastal Waterway and the Myrtle Beach skyline. But a handful of sights on the Grand Strand are truly head and shoulders above the rest.

During your next getaway at Ocean Reef Resort, do your best to check out the scenery from one (or all) of these high-level Myrtle Beach viewpoints:

Myrtle Beach SkyWheel — Check out downtown Myrtle Beach from new heights with a visit to the iconic, 187-foot-tall Myrtle Beach SkyWheel. When you ride in one of the Ferris wheel’s 42 climate-controlled, glass-enclosed gondolas, you’ll catch a bird’s-eye view of the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk, the Atlantic Ocean coastline, the ocean itself and downtown Myrtle Beach. The private ride will take you for three revolutions, which means about 10 minutes of taking in Myrtle Beach’s beauty from high above.

Helicopter Ride — Myrtle Beach vacationers looking for sky-high excitement can definitely find it at Helicopter Adventures, where a total of seven different tour options range from the short, two-mile Fly 4 Fun Ride over Broadway at the Beach, all the way up to the 40-plus-mile Grand Adventure, which takes guests as far north as the Little River area.

Biplane Ride — Another high-altitude Myrtle Beach adventure is on tap at Myrtle Beach Air Tours, where a vintage, World War II-era Waco biplane with an open-air cockpit takes guests soaring up to 1,500 feet above sea level. Flight options here range from the 10-minute, two-passenger Introductory Flight to the 1-hour, two-passenger Ultimate Warbird Experience that takes riders high above downtown Myrtle Beach, over undisturbed stretches of Atlantic Ocean and over beautiful Grand Strand marshlands.

Parasail Ride — To get some high-altitude, high-speed thrills — along with a bird’s-eye view of the Atlantic Ocean and the Myrtle Beach coastline — head to Ocean Watersports for a parasail ride. No training is required to take to the air high above the ocean waves, and each high-flying adventure can accommodate two to three parachute passengers. As an added bonus, Ocean Watersports will take photos of your flight, so you can show your friends back home your high-altitude adventure should you choose to purchase a few of the images.

Pier View Open Air Bar — This bar located high atop the Second Avenue Pier near the southern end of the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk serves up fresh seafood platters, wings, burgers and more, along with ocean breezes and amazing views of the Atlantic. Visit secondavenuepier.com for more info.

After your high-altitude sightseeing adventures, come back to ground level and head home to enjoy your comfortable accommodations at Ocean Reef Resort — where some of the Myrtle Beach area’s top views, including the beach and the Atlantic Ocean, are right out your back door. Book your Grand Strand vacation at Ocean Reef Resort today, and get ready to take your beach getaway to new heights!