Myrtle Beach offers a sun-soaked slice of classic American beaches — a sea of kaleidoscopic umbrellas next to the ocean, airplanes passing overhead with banners flying behind them and windsurfers skirting by beneath rainbow parachutes. You’ll be in the thick of it all if you head to the Grand Strand, which has more than 60 miles of beaches, plus family-friendly theme parks, restaurants and areas for shopping. For instant access to Grand Strand beaches, snag an oceanview room at one of the hotels lined up near the shore. Keep in mind that the Grand Strand can get a bit noisy at night — especially during the busy spring break and summer seasons (think roaming packs of teenagers and cars blasting loud music). Families seeking a quieter vacation should look into hotels away from the bustling Strand.