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Address: Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, Big Sur, CA
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Serene, beautiful and out of this world

It's a lone waterfall that dumps water into the Pacific ocean. The view is magnificent, the breeze fresh and the feeling is out of this world. If you're in the area make the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
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39 reviews 39 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

It's a lone waterfall that dumps water into the Pacific ocean. The view is magnificent, the breeze fresh and the feeling is out of this world. If you're in the area make the trip to McWay Falls via HWY1.

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Fairbury, Nebraska
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

This State Park and McWay Falls were the highlight of our drive along Hwy 1 from Monterey to Big Sur The falls and the ocean colors were so worth the drive. Parking is very limited here or maybe it was just the fact that all the people were here to see the same things and you may have to walk... More 

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Lutterworth, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

A must stop for anyone travelling the Pacific Coast Highway. The view from the road was stunning, unfortunately we didn't walk down the steep path to the beach, but got the idea and able to take some great photos of the area.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

This is a beautiful place to visit. We were there Memorial Day weekend so it was busy but we still got some excellent photos. It is a very easy walk. Make sure you stop and see it!!

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

So beautiful you won't believe you're still in the US. Enjoyed the little hike that you take to snap pictures of the falls and ocean.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

We drove up the coast from LA to SF, stopping along the way. THIS was the most beautiful spot by far. It's a short, easy walk just off the PCH and a must see. You can pay $10 to park in the Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park lot or can just as easily (and without the cost) park along the... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

We parked along the roadside so we didn't have to pay the fee. The fee is only to park within the entrance car park, nothing more than that. The carpark is also farther to walk as it is across the highway and you walk via a tunnel path under the highway. The roadside parking is parallel to the path which... More 

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Port Orchard, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Being a spoiled NW native, the waterfall itself was not very impressive to me, but the setting is beautiful. The waterfall is a very short walk either from Hwy 1 or Julia Pfeifer State Park. If you park on the side of the highway, you can avoid the state park fee. After you see the waterfall, continue on the path.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Big Sur was a last minute side trip idea, so not wanting to waste the chance to see the best spots, I went to Trip Advisor and noted the 3 highest-rated attractions. This was one of them. However, the lot was full due to the limited parking, so we had to park along side the main road like many others.... More 

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Sydney
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Great coastline with a small waterfall. Stop briefly on your journey for a tranquil lookout. Park further outside to avoid the fees.

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