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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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San Jose, California
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23 reviews 23 reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

This is one of my favorite spots in Cali, you can't drive on Highway One and not stop there. What are the chances of you seeing a waterfall that drops right on the beach?! Grab a sandwich and water, do this easy hike and have a lunch looking at this amazing view.

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Hermosillo, Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 NEW

Look, wife and I are not big trail explorers. That being said, if you go to Big Sur and don't hike to the Falls....Why did you go to Big Sur? The hike is about a 10 minute walk and you don't need any special gear or anything. GO!

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Key West, Florida
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014 NEW

My sister and I hiked around the Pfeiffer Burns park a bit, and of course you have to take the short trail out to the point and see the Falls. It's impossible to take a really good photo from the observation point, but the whole vista is gorgeous. There used to be a house overlooking the falls; the house is... More

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Clermont, Florida
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9 reviews 9 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014 NEW via mobile

A picture does not do this place any justice. Breathtaking waterfall. Only suggestion is to wear sneakers.

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california
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Short and easy hike with gorgeous views! Very picturesque! This is where you an see a waterfall onto the beach.

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Minneapolis, MN
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124 helpful votes 124 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

I tried to figure out for weeks where to park and where to hike before we arrived here, only to discover that, on Labor Day weekend, there is no place to park at all, and you don't NEED to park and hike to see it! It's easily visible from the highway, and if your companion can take a photo, you... More

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Reading, United Kingdom
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38 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

A great location to see a natural water waterfall spill out into the stunning Big Sur coastline which whilst A bit drier than normal was still a great place to visit

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

This was an easy hike to a beautiful overlook. Was surprised that we weren't hiking TO the falls, rather, just a scenic view of it, but it was still beautiful. Other trails were available. Would love to go back and do more hiking.

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Oakland, California
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

A short 10 min. walk from the road will take you to this scenic postcard perfect view of McWay Falls. Take lots of photos and enjoy this natural wonder.

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New York
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27 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We drove into the road for the State Park. We paid $10 to park and then hiked along the very short trail to the falls. The color of the water was amazing. You see the waterfall from above. You cannot go down to the beach though, you can only view it from the path above. It is absolutely gorgeous. There... More

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