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Staying in Monterey, Pacific Grove, or Carmel, California? Type Julia Phieffer Burns State Park into your GPS, turn off your cellphone (you won’t need it) & go! As you travel down Highway 1, the houses become as sparse as the cell reception as you travel higher up the cliffs of Big Sur. This stretch of scenic coastline runs from Carmel to San Simeon and the two-lane road you’ll travel is bordered by the Santa Lucia Mountains and the Pacific Ocean. And while every picture of Big Sur is gorgeous, none quite do it the justice of experiencing it in person.

Anywhere you stop along the trip will be nothing short of breathtaking. We chose McWay Falls as the destination. All 80 feet of the falls provides the perfect postcard of Big Sur, as well as the perfect mid-point of the trip before our return to reality. A pathway around the cove provides 180 degree views of the waterfall and while the park is a must-see, tourists respect the tranquility and barely speak above a whisper. It felt like I had spent a day at the spa upon returning to Monterey. Truly a must-visit right here in the US!

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Looking over McWay Falls at Julia Phieffer Burns State Park

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