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Address: Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, Big Sur, CA
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breath taking view

i wish i lived closer, i'd go here everyday! sucks that you cant go down to the falls but the view is still amazing. well worth it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

i wish i lived closer, i'd go here everyday! sucks that you cant go down to the falls but the view is still amazing. well worth it.

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Ogden, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Rare find, to see such a beautiful view so close to the road. Beautiful, picturesque, peaceful scene, even if there are a lot of other people around. Hike a little bit the other direction too and you'll be in some large redwoods by the beautiful creek that eventually is the falls. A must stop on the Pacific Coast Highway.

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Santa Cruz, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This has to be one of the most beautiful natural places I have ever seen. It's a gorgeous waterfall that comes off the top of a cliff and lands on a sand beach at the Pacific Ocean. You'll probably see photos of it many times as you travel in the Central Coast of California. I recommend spending at least an... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

WOW! BIg Sur is amazing but this is definitely a highlight. Easy hike and well worth the stop. I drove the PCH just for this and it was so worth it. Stop for lunch at Nepenthe Restaurant for gorgeous views.

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Hixson, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Parking was very limited, but worth it. We were able to park along the side of the road and then walk a short walk down to view the falls. The pictures don't do it justice. It is definitely worth the stop.

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

When driving Pacific Coast Highway 1 make sure this is one of your stops for some of the most amazing scenery you will see. Be prepared to take tons of pictures when driving along the coast...from the beautiful Bixby Bridge, Big Sur, San Simeon State Park and everything in between.

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Lake Charles, LA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I've seen many pictures of the falls over the years, but pictures don't really do justice to these falls. I highly recommend that anyone visiting the Carmel/Monterey area make the drive down the coast to view this hidden gem.

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Centreville, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a very popular tourist stop and probably not worth the effort if it's too crowded. It is an easy walk to the overlook to see the falls but I. Truth the falls are not all that spectacular - my daughter laughed when the falls came into view. If it's convenient, go ahead and stop here. It makes a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A must do while driving the PCH. You are insane if you don't stop. The views, sounds the atmosphere are very calming and it is a nice stop to stretch.

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Portland, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Breathtaking view of falls on coastline. This whole area is such a natural beauty. I could easily stay all day and just take in the scenery.

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