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Address: Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, Big Sur, CA

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Highlight of our drive down PCH - MUST SEE LANDMARK

McWay Falls is part of Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and is only a short walk from the road. This was our whole family's favorite stop on our drive from San Francisco to Los... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
Kaitlyn F
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Big Sur, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I am shocked by the left over toilet paper along side the roads….if only people visiting could just carry a little trash bag….yes…this highway, and sites are beautiful, but beware….other than the restrooms in the restaurants, there are not public toilets, except in the state park locations! Come with your own "coffee can potty"…and carry out your trash.,.,,this place is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

McWay Falls is part of Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and is only a short walk from the road. This was our whole family's favorite stop on our drive from San Francisco to Los Angeles and we definitely recommend that you make a 30 minute stop to see this beautiful waterfall. It doesn't sound like much but the view is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We were making our way from San Francisco to San Diego. The whole point of this trip was to enjoy the view of the pacific coast along the highway. Sadly there were fires ocurring between Santa Cruz and Big Sur and the view of the coast was impeded by thick smoke and fog. All of the national parks were closed.... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A must stop if driving through HWY 1. Close to Big Sur and a beautiful view of our ocean and waterfall. Is a short hike to see the fall. Or it could be seen from high up. Parking is a little hard but not impossible. We found a parking space on HWY 1.

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Bedford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We would highly recommend this spectacular Falls in the State Park - the scenery surrounding all adds to the great effect.

Dallas, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Eveyone stops here, and it is a pretty spot. You can view it from a pull-off nearby or pay to enter the state park and do the hike. Lovely waterfall.

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Newry, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Look this place is class. The views, the road, the ocean and so on. I have been here twice. The first time i went in the evening time around sunset and it was super quiet and literally there was very few other people about. This was great because it was so quiet. So my tip is aim to hit here... More 

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Chanhassen, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

One of the most beautiful places I have ever seen. It was closed so we could go down but just pull over and look down...Amazing view.

1 Thank sarah m
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was a really great stop on the Pacific Coast Highway. My boys are 15 and 10 and even they loved it. It was just an amazing place. Very beautiful. We parked on the street with no issue and stayed for about an hour. Great photo opportunity.

1 Thank 697chris
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A beautiful place, and easy to get to. You can either park right on route 1 or the designtated parking spot at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Regardless, it is only a 5 minute walk to see this gorgeous view. You can't go down to the falls, but it is a view from the road/vista point above. This isn't much... More 

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