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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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Vancouver, Canada
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32 reviews 32 reviews
13 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

This is a quick stop but worth it. The falls themselves are super picturesque and the information on the house that used to be on the cliff was interesting.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

The name is a little deceptive, the view here isn't really about the falls so much as it is the beach and surrounding rocks. Park on the side of the road (you'll see all the cars). Don't bother paying unless you plan to stay and do longer hikes within the park. This walk is only about 1/2 mile, so you... More

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Hempstead
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

This was a lovely short hike from the parking lot off Route 1. The view was amazing, but the waterfall is a little underwhelming. Picturesque, but not very impressive. It costs $10 to park in the lot at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, which was too much for the 10 minutes it takes. You can park on the road for... More

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Usa
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25 reviews 25 reviews
11 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Really iconic and unique. Try to visit it in a sunny day's late afternoon to early evening in summer or afternoon in other seasons when the sunshine is on the fall side which eliminates most of shadows. You can park the car in the shoulder area along the road close to the boardwalk.

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Caledonia, New York
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29 reviews 29 reviews
17 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Stop along Rt.1 to walk to see the beautiful cove with turquoise water just like the pictures show. It is very beautiful from both sides of the viewing area, facing North and South. You are not allowed down to beach area to get close to this. Many posted warnings. Still worth the photo op, at most spent an hour.

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Los Angeles
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Waaaaay more beautiful than the photos depict. So glad we stopped for the sunset. Arrived at 7:30 pm, the park rangers had just left, so we parked for free in the lot and walked the boardwalk and took lots for gorgeous photos.

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Rhodes, Greece
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51 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

"Big Sur" is not one place; it is a series of places, beaches and parks that are along about a 25 mile drive down California Route 1. McWay Falls is just one highpoint, but there are many in Burns State Park. It was a particularly windy day so even stopping along the highway to take pictures was challenging! The drive... More

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Huntington Beach, California, United States
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Along with Bixby Bridge, this is the other iconic spot along California's Highway 1 that is repeatedly photographed and used in travel magazines and blogs and on the cover of travel guide books. You can't pass up the opportunity to see it. If you time your drive well, it is a great place to stretch your legs after several hours... More

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San Antonio, Texas
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

It is such a beautiful place and easy to get to. It requires a very short walk and most folks should not have any trouble with the walk. It is a shame that there is not a way to get down to the beach itself though...

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Miami Beach, Florida
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39 reviews 39 reviews
11 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Stopped here on my way to San Francisco and the views are incredible, the fall is small I had imagined it a bit bigger in my head but there is a lot more than the waterfall. Paid $10 to park and try to go during the week that way there is less people, the earlier in the morning the larger... More

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