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McWay Falls, Big Sur

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Waterfall Nature / Park
McWay Falls is one of the only waterfalls in the region that empties straight into the ocean. Rising 24.3 m (80ft) above the shoreline of the Pacific, this "tidefall" is accessible via the state park's 1.03 km (0.64 mi) roundtrip trail. Pause at the vantage points along the way to take in views of the ocean and the cascading waters themselves. For a different vantage point, you can reach the beach below the falls via boat. Put McWay Falls at the forefront of your travel plans using our Big Sur tour planner.
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  • We have seen more spectacular waterfalls but this hidden gem was quite unique and well worth a visit.  more »
  • I dream of this beach for years. This mythical picture has long been my favorite wallpaper. The reality was up to my expectations. You have to walk 500 metres on a small road with easy access and we emerge on the extraordinary view. The page access is prohibited and that's good. This will allow the site to be preserved to the maximum.
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  • You are pretty much on the long stretch between san Francisco and los Angeles. ideal for a stopover with good views of these small waterfalls that end up directly in the infinite Ocean ...
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Secluded resorts, inns, and lodges are located off Highway 1. Some offer weary drivers a safe resting place, while others are exclusive resorts for long-term getaways. The latter require advance reservations. Camping is another popular alternative, with many campgrounds accessible from the highway.
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