The Myrtle Beach area is home to 60 miles of uninterrupted coastline, a ton of fun activities, thousands of restaurants and PLENTY of opportunities for taking perfect photos. Whether you’re an amateur or a pro, using a cell phone or DLSR, here are a handful of our favorite spots for taking photos of the Myrtle Beach area.

Conway Riverwalk

If you head inland from Myrtle Beach about 15 minutes, you’ll run into Conway, South Carolina, the county seat for Horry County and the home of Conway’s Riverwalk and Riverfront Park. The park is situated on the scenic Waccamaw River and serves as the perfect backdrop for photos of those you love, while the Main Street bridge coming over the Waccamaw makes for a striking photo all by itself.

Huntington Beach State Park

For those interested in capturing gorgeous nature or wildlife photos, or even snapping a few portraits, Huntington Beach State Park is always a good bet. The park is home to over 300 bird species and countless other wildlife species, and is also the location of Atalaya—a National Historic Landmark constructed in the style of the Moorish architecture of the Spanish Mediterranean coast, perfect for those who like photographing architecture or are looking for a unique backdrop.

Brookgreen Gardens

Personal photography is welcomed at Brookgreen Gardens, and spending a day taking photos here can easily take up an entire day. Brookgreen is home to the world’s largest outdoor collection of American figurative sculpture in the world. Couple the amazing sculptures with the pristine landscaping of the gardens (set on the site of a former rice plantation), and you have a match made in photography heaven.

The Piers

From Cherry Grove to Garden City, the Myrtle Beach area is home to nine piers serving as perfect spots to snap some photos. The lines of the pier and the texture of the Atlantic coastline make good additions to any composed vacation photo. It’s also fun to take photos from the pier looking back at the shoreline for a different perspective. Some of the more popular piers include Myrtle Beach State park, Springmaid Pier, 2nd Avenue Pier and Pier 14.

Myrtle Beach Boardwalk

The award-winning Myrtle Beach Boardwalk provides 1.2 miles of interesting photographic opportunities. You can capture quintessential Myrtle Beach with images of the SkyWheel, Atlantic Ocean, and longtime Myrtle Beach locales like Peaches Corner and The Gay Dolphin. By taking a ride ON the SkyWheel, you can even take a few photos of the boardwalk from above.

All of these locations serve as great and varied spots for photographers at any skill level. But if I could give one bit of advice for anyone wanting a perfect vacation photo, it would be to set your alarm early and catch a Myrtle Beach sunrise. Anywhere on the beach is perfect for capturing the sunrise, and it will surely be among your most treasured photos you take back home.