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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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Aptos, California
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58 reviews 58 reviews
33 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 NEW

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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Azusa, California
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46 reviews 46 reviews
13 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

The views from this place are so beautiful! It is a short, easy walk from the highway. Once you're in, you're amazed that someone actually lived at that site, and they were lucky enough to have a waterfall like that for a view.

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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40 reviews 40 reviews
23 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

All the other reviews on here have nailed it. If you are traveling on Hwy 1 near Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park you must stop here. It doesn't take much time at all (30 mins to walk the trail, take pictures, and get back to your car) and it is worth it! The view from the trail of McWay Falls... More

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Destin
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22 reviews 22 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Do not miss this stop if you are driving up the 1. This waterfall is beautiful. Short little hike. Well worth the pit stop. One of my favorite stops on hwy 1

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

I loved, loved, loved this location. Yes it's hard to find parking and yes lots of people go there, but I didn't feel it took away from the beauty and serenity of the place. The park service keeps all the natural beauty locked away from the crowds and you can only observe it from afar. I felt it was one... More

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Tampa, Florida
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Arrived at 1pm to find a full parking lot but parked on Rt 1 like everyone else. Climbed down to the main path and wow- well worth the effort! Stunning views of coast and falls. Must see if in the area.

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Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
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92 reviews 92 reviews
56 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

I wouldn't say this is a must when in big sur, but the hike is very short and very easy terrain. It's about 15 min drive from the town so stop here on your way into or out of big sur depending on which direction your going. Parking is $10 bit free on the road which many people end up... More

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Woodside, Ca
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58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

beautiful and worth stop if you can find parking, but crowded and not peaceful. it feels more like Disneyland

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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82 reviews 82 reviews
20 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

The views are amazing on both sides of the lookout. You can park in the lot and pay $10 or park for free on the road. We chose the road and were not disappointed. The water color is so blue and green! It is incredibly beautiful! This is a MUST see. Most beautiful spot in Big Sur. The boardwalk is... More

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Auckland, New Zealand
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30 reviews 30 reviews
15 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Highly recommend McWay Falls as a stopping point along the Big Sur. We arrived just after midday so parking spaces were few and far between - costs $10 to park within the State park. Only a short walk it required via a tunnel under the road. Once out the other side, the views are amazing.

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