Myrtle Beach to Cleveland, Pittsburgh & More
Direct Flight Travel Ideas from Myrtle Beach and Wilmington
When my husband and I realized that our 15 year anniversary was a month away, we wanted to do something to celebrate. But we didn’t have much time to plan, or to be away since this was such a last minute idea and we already had most of our vacation time accounted for this year.
We still wanted to make it an adventure as much as possible.
We live in Wilmington, North Carolina, a beautiful vacation destination in itself but close to exactly nothing. You have to drive several hours if you want to change up the scenery and escape the heat and humidity of July in eastern NC. There are a ton of fun and adventurous things to do if we wanted a staycation or a trip within easy driving distance.
This time, we wanted something different.
Inspired by a recent trip with his friends to visit their hometown of Pittsburgh, PA, my husband had some ideas about how we could get out of town for a short trip that would be relatively inexpensive.
He and his friends had flown Spirit Airlines out of Myrtle Beach, SC and found it convenient and easy to travel that way.
The Myrtle Beach International airport is an hour and a half from Wilmington. It’s nice and new and pretty small so it’s easy to get in and out.
Spirit is a no-frills airline. It’s low cost but you pay for everything from your seat to your bags to the little on-flight drinks. It can be especially cheap if you fly on off-peak days like Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Spirit is perfect for taking a long-weekend trip. Nat looked into destinations where they fly direct in and out of Myrtle Beach. Then he looked into events that were happening at each of those destinations in July and August. He came up with some really cool ideas:
1. South Florida. Fly into Ft Lauderdale, drive down to the Keys, see a soccer match in Miami, etc.
2. Chicago. See some old friends, introduce the kids the city, etc.
3. Cleveland. Explore Cleveland and Pittsburgh, maybe see some family.
So, which of these was the unanimous winner?
It might sound like an odd place to travel to – from the beach – to celebrate your 15 year anniversary, and it is. But it gave us the opportunity to visit two cities – Cleveland and Pittsburgh – go to an international soccer game with family, and then have the kids hang with their cousins so Nat and I could have a full day and night to ourselves.
That last part may have sealed the deal for me. And did I mention that the cousins had a new puppy?? My kids were both wildly jealous and super excited about that part.
So we spent a couple weeks telling people we were going on vacation. To Cleveland. And then quickly explaining all the fun things we would do there.