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McWay Falls

Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, Big Sur, CA
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Ranked #3 of 15 Attractions in Big Sur
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Waterfalls
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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66 reviews 66 reviews
17 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

Right across the highway from the entrance to the Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park is a beautiful, short, and easy hike along the cliffs above the ocean. The highlight of the hike is the view of the waterfall that flows down onto the beach. You see the waterfall from above, and from across the beach. As you walk along the... More

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San Diego, California
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Don't miss this short hike/walk -- although the falls isn't as powerful as something you'd see in the Pacific Northwest, it is beautiful as it dumps into the ocean. The lone palm tree adds a sweet touch and if you are as lucky as we were, you'll see California Condors swooping in and sitting in the trees. A real sight... More

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Kingsbridge, United Kingdom
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3 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Superb beach - truly stunning location but in order to preserve this quality it is closed from entry to the general public- you can only observe the beach from the cliff path constructed above it. When we visited some members of the public clearly weren't happy with this restriction and had climbed down and written love hearts and initials in... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Fantistic scene with clear water and charming cove, but its entrance is not obvious and easy to miss.

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Boxborough, Massachusetts, United States
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8 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

This is a lovely stop on route 1. You can park the road and take the 15 minute walk to the point. The waterfall is a treat.

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Philadelphia
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40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

We took the hike to the falls but maybe we are spoiled by other falls we have seen. A bit of a disappointment. The story of the house and the views were great, falls themselves not so great.

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Marietta, Georgia
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64 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Make sure to take time to walk the short 1/4 mile path to see this waterfall and beautiful ocean views. The water is so colorful and the waterfall lands on a secluded beach. There is a fee to park at the state park but you can park along side the road and walk in for free.

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Boston
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56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Do NOT miss this little walk out to view a secluded cove with a waterfall cascading down onto the beach. The water colors are like the Caribbean. Be sure to walk all the way out to the end, where the original (now torn down) house was on this amazing spot.

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Dallas, Texas
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

The waterfall itself is underwhelming, but the landscape was absolutely stunning. Parking is easy, but you might have to walk a little bit.

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Aptos, California
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58 reviews 58 reviews
33 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

You've decided to take the scenic route, Highway 1 between Carmel and Cambria. If you want scenery then stop and take the very short walk to check out McWay Falls. The best stop on the route.

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