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McWay Falls

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Address: Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, Big Sur, CA
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Beautiful even in the fog

The day my husband and I drove the beautiful Pacific Coast hwy it was very foggy. This didn't stop us from going to see McWay falls. Even in the fog it was beautiful. The... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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Norwalk, Connecticut
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Norwalk, Connecticut
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The day my husband and I drove the beautiful Pacific Coast hwy it was very foggy. This didn't stop us from going to see McWay falls. Even in the fog it was beautiful. The colors of blue in the water were amazing and the flowers along the way just added to the beauty. We really enjoyed reading about the history... More 

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southern Maine
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 March 2017

Stop and to read about information on the old house owned by the Browns that used to look over this monumental view. take your time, put the camera/cell phone down to take in all that is around you! This road stop can be done in about 30 minutes but it is well worth it.

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Gilroy, California
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Reviewed 19 March 2017

I visit McWay Falls often. It is such a picturesque spot. It is easy to miss, but it is a must stop on Highway 1 as you meander through Big Sur. The falls are beautiful as they spill onto the sand below. There can often be lots of tourists, but I try to tune it all out and just relish... More 

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Norco, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 February 2017

At least once a year I drive up Highway One because it is one of the most glorious places on earth. One of the special spots along the way is McWay Falls. It is actually freque4ntly seen in photographs, but easy to miss whyen driving in the area. You can't see it from the road, but from the parking area... More 

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Hamburg, Germany
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 February 2017

This bay is more than beautiful. Perhaps you know it from photos, but you have to see it on your own. We parked at the street and made a short pause there. I have really to thank the guy in the Apple Store in Monterey who told me of this place while waiting the register is working again.

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 February 2017

When you are on Highway One take the time to stop over here; we ended up parking on the road as did not realise that the next turning took you to the car park and a small tunnel under the road....this would have been better than crossing the road and watch that bend! This place has such atmosphere and the... More 

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 February 2017 via mobile

This is definitely worth the stop! Beautiful views and a short walk to see the McWay Falls. I loved the smells and the actual view of McWay Falls is stunning.

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Thank David O
Los Angeles
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 February 2017

We planned to stop here on our drive up the coast for a lunch picnic. The entire drive up to this point was breathtaking and the waterfall provided another focal point on this scenic drive. We walked along the trail going north to see the waterfall and the water was gorgeous! Wanting to get away from the crowds and have... More 

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Huntsville, Alabama
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 February 2017

The Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park is absolutely worth your time... if you're interested in visiting a relaxing and naturally beautiful location. There is an added bonus... often, the park is empty... and you can enjoy the views without having to feel pressured to move along so others can enjoy the view. As soon as you turn into the park... More 

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Mississauga, Canada
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Reviewed 3 February 2017 via mobile

This is a stream of water, not what I call a waterfall. You can't even get to the waterfall. Waste of time.

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