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Address: Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, Big Sur, CA
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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
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Atlanta, GA
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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 NEW

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 NEW

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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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

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 NEW

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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Manhattan Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Park on the side of the highway and walk into the entrance so you don't have to pay for parking. The waterfall is really pretty and is great for pictures.

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Joliet, Illinois
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

The view was amazing, the water turquoise! Was not too crowded, sun was hot. You can take your time and just admire the beauty of it all! A must see! Bring your camera!

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Would definitely recommend a visit by anyone driving through Big Sur. There probably isn't a more photographed waterfall on the West Coast. Visit in the early evening after the coastal fog has burned off and the sun lights up the cliff face. Sometimes it is unavoidable as the fog sometimes lasts for days. This usually is also better because all... More 

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

As a confirmed member of the waterfall fanatics club I love this one because it is totally unique. Not too many waterfalls that come right out onto a beach and into the Pacific. It's easy to get to and really great on a sunny day-it's better in the afternoon when the sun is on it. It only has a fee... More 

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

The entire Big Sur drive is spectacular, but McWay Falls is the centerpiece. It is truly breathtaking. There are few places in the world where a waterfall flows directly into the ocean, and this is the most stunning of them all. Don't miss this stop.

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