McWay Falls in Big Sur, CA

As you coast along Highway 1 through Big Sur, pull over and take the overlook trail below to see this waterfall that drops into the aqua-colored sea. Just make sure you take this trip during the day in clear conditions. It is NOT fun driving along this road at night or when there’s thick fog all along the coast.

Mcway Falls in Big Sur California in Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

About TerriAnn van Gosliga

TerriAnn van Gosliga is the main writer at Cookies & Clogs and Driving Mamas. Born & raised in the SF Bay Area but loves to travel. She's been married to her best friend for almost 14 years, homeschools her 13-year-old daughter, and has an accident-prone lab mix dog.


  1. Wonderful! The waterfall is not that high and it’s on the coast line. This is my first time to see such magnificent creation.

    • It’s a really unique site but a bit sad to only look at it from a distance. Based on the GORGEOUS photos we’ve seen, it was a ‘dinky’ IRL :P Still pretty though!

  2. How beautiful! Your posts make this southeasterner want to spend more time out west. I’ve only been to Las Vegas (twice), The Grand Canyon, Death Valley, and Denver.

  3. Wow! Such a gorgeous spot! I’ve never been to CA so love seeing photos like this, that water looks so pretty and blue!

    • Driving along the coast is amazing, especially the areas south of the bay starting at Santa Cruz. The colors are amazing with deep blue waters and green trees lining the roadway.

  4. Beautiful! Just beautiful!!!

  5. Beautiful! This picture just makes me want to kick off my shoes.

  6. That looks beautiful! Some day I *will* make it to see CA!

  7. You live in heaven. Admit it.

  8. Wow, I need to get my butt out to California because that is just gorgeous.

  9. Wow! That is beautiful. I’d love to visit CA again when I have more time. (I was there for BlogHer last year)

  10. That is just breath-taking! If I am ever out that way, I am going to make a point to go see!

  11. I love Hwy 1. It’s been years since I’ve driven it, but I think about it all the time. Someday I will go back and drive it again.

  12. Peaceful! I can hear the water…. :-) Stumbled this :-)

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