Top Reasons Why Myrtle Beach is Better than Gatlinburg

By emerson • June 08, 2017
There's way more fun taking place per capita in Myrtle Beach than there is in Gatlinburg - wherever that place is.
There's way more fun taking place per capita in Myrtle Beach than there is in Gatlinburg - wherever that place is.

A decision has to be made every year when it comes time to take a vacation. And with several locations in the Southeast catering to visitors looking to enjoy a break from work, it can be challenging to choose the right place.

We love Myrtle Beach, and we’re pretty confident that it’s the greatest vacation destination in the world.

So, in case you’re thinking about going somewhere else this year, we’ll be posting a series of “Myrtle Beach is Better than (insert other city here)” blogs that will explain why we offer a better vacation spot than Gatlinburg, Daytona Beach, Virginia Beach, Outer Banks, and New York City.

That said, under no circumstances should you ever choose Gatlinburg over Myrtle Beach. If you’re considering that little hole in the wall in Tennessee, stop it. You might as well just go find some trees near your house and give them your paycheck. What would a tree do with a paycheck? I don’t know, but at least if you come to Myrtle Beach you’ll have a great time in a beautiful place and make lots of memories that will last a lifetime.   

Anyway, here’s just a handful of the thousands of reasons that Myrtle Beach is way better than Gatlinburg. Stay tuned as we continue to take down other destinations.

The Atlantic Ocean

Having one of the world’s most beautiful bodies of water is unquestionably one of the best things about Myrtle Beach, providing a perfect ocean breeze and a place to splash around. Gatlinburg, however, is land-locked. That means there’s no resorts, restaurants, bars, and attractions in Gatlinburg that have views of the ocean’s rolling waves. Booooring.

Rain and Snow

There are an average of 93 days of precipitation in Myrtle Beach each year, and summer showers never last very long. Gatlinburg gets 154 rainy days yearly. Is it fun walking around with your umbrella all the time? We wouldn’t know, but they also get an average of nine snow days each year. Myrtle Beach averages less than one, and the average high in December is almost 60 degrees.

Broadway at the Beach

Specialty shops, restaurants, miniature golf, a 17-screen movie theater, boat rides, fireworks, a Bourbon Street-inspired nightclub district, comedy clubs, hotels, a gigantic aquarium, live entertainment venues – all in one place. The closest thing Gatlinburg has to that is some place called Mountain Mall. Yawn.

Myrtle Beach Boardwalk

Gatlinburg probably has a trail or two that you can walk through in the woods. Not only does Myrtle Beach have state parks full of beachfront forests, we also have an award-winning Boardwalk beside the ocean where visitors can take a stroll, grab a bite to eat, play some arcade games, pick up a specialty t-shirt, or take a few spins on the SkyWheel. The mile-long walkway also hosts the weekly Hot Summer Nights festival, live music, and fireworks.

House of Blues

This live entertainment venue on the north end of town is one of the coolest you’re likely to encounter, with authentic tin from a an old Mississippi tobacco farm covering the exterior and folk art lining pretty much every inch of the walls inside, there’s plenty to look at while you wait for the band to come onstage. And the calendar includes artists from a variety of genres every year – contemporary and classic rock, country, pop, bluegrass, hip-hop, electronic, and blues. To catch a good show in Tennessee, you have to leave Gatlinburg.


With one of the top ten concentrations of restaurants in the nation, the Grand Strand provides an endless number of places to fill up the old belly. Visitors will also find a stunning variety of options, from Asian and European to Soul Food and Seafood Buffets. Gatlinburg has pizza joints (so does Myrtle Beach) and a bunch of lodge-style eateries.


Myrtle Beach is home to two Tanger Outlets full of stores like Coach, North Face, Polo, Tommy Hilfiger, Banana Republic, Gap, J. Crew, Nike, Reebok, Adidas, and pretty much everything else that exits. Then we have Coastal Grande Mall and Myrtle Beach Mall, where department stores like Belk, Dillards, and Bass Pro Shop mingle with food courts, movie theatres, and retail shops of all kinds. There’s also The Market Common, which is full of unique boutiques and retail stores like Anthropologie, Victoria’s Secret, Tommy Bahama, City Mac, White House Black Market, Pottery Barn, Williams Sonoma, and more. In Gatlinburg you’d be lucky to find a plain white t-shirt worth buying.

World-Class Golf

The sheer volume of golf courses on the Grand Strand puts to shame pretty much everywhere else in the world, and a large number of them are award-winning, fantastic tracks. Whatcha got, Gatlinburg? A municipal course and a country club? Wow, sounds exciting.