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Address: Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, Big Sur, CA
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Beautiful! A lot of people visiting the day we where there; parking was difficult, but it was a gorgeous view!

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 23, 2015
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Madera, California
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Madera, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

Beautiful! A lot of people visiting the day we where there; parking was difficult, but it was a gorgeous view!

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

A stream comes down out of Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and empties off a cliff onto the sand just feet from the water. The beach is in a tight cove sheltered by rocks all around with some jutting up out of the sea. You can't go on the beach but there's a long walkway above it easily accessible after... More 

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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

My wife and I stopped at McWay on our PCH road trip from San Francisco to Los Angeles. What a lucky day not only were the falls spectacular, there were seventeen California Condors feeling on a dead seal on the beach

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San Francisco, California
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

Maybe I am hard to impress, but after having visit McWay Falls, I was left feeling quite disappointed. Compared to the waterfalls you can see a few hours away in Yosemite National Park, this felt very underwhelming. A nice view, yes, but nothing spectacular. For visitors to Big Sur planning on visiting the falls, I definitely recommend parking outside the... More 

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Collinsville, IL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

can you swim in these waters, is the water warm. My family might be taking a trip to the area this summer and would fly to SFO and drive down the coast. I am in it for the scenery and to take photographs, but will also have my gf an her son, they will be in it more for the... More 

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maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

For seniors, this is an easy hike with a great view of the Pacific as well as informative historical markers. On a nice spring day it was a bit crowded, but worth the walk. The falls are actually on an inaccessible rock formation on the beach, but a great way to gain perspective on the coast as well as the... More 

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Fairfield County, Connecticut
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104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

A must-see stop along Highway 1 with convenient parking and an easy flat walk to see this fascinating sight. The color of the water is amazing and the walk doesn't take long. Be prepared, though; you'll want to linger!

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Paso Robles, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

It is an amazing sight,a waterfall spilling on to a beach in big sur.the entire coast is epic.the park itself has redwoods,and gorgeous trails

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Bognor Regis, United Kingdom
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32 reviews 32 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

Just a short walk from the road. Aparently rainfall was light over the winter so the falls arent as spectacular as usual. but still worth a visit to see this rare sight. Amazing veiws too.

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Tracy, California
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5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Short walk to a picture perfect cove where the waterfall is, but keep walking until you come to the end of the trail where you get a beautiful view of the coastline north of the cove. ... Awesome... Also some informational displays there that give the history of the home that was once out on this point and about the... More 

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