Litchfield, South Carolina
The drive south from Murrells Inlet along U.S. Highway 17 to Litchfield is among the prettiest little stretches anywhere in the South. Densely wooded forests line the highway and stately old oak trees overhang the roadway, punctuating an orchestrated blend of natural surrounding and inevitable growth in this beautiful part of the Grand Strand known as Litchfield. The short drive will take you past Brookgreen Gardens, which features the most significant collection of figurative sculpture, in an outdoor setting, by American artists in the world, and has the only zoo accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums on the coast of the Carolinas. Brookgreen Gardens has been designated a National Historic Landmark and is a “must-visit” while you’re on the Grand Strand. Litchfield Beach is named after Litchfield Plantation, a former rice plantation that dates back to the early 1700s. Today, Litchfield Plantation exists as a country club and lodge and boasts the former manor house as one of the few remaining buildings of a bygone era.
Litchfield Beach features nearly pristine, clean and wide beaches and is known for its several golf courses and fine dining restaurants — among some of the best along the Grand Strand.
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