Plitvice Lakes, Croatia was one of my favorite destinations I have traveled to. I want to share some tips we discovered that will make your journey that much more enjoyable. I highly recommend visiting if you are planning a travel trip to Croatia!
(1) Fly into Zagreb and take a one day trip to Plitvice Lakes
On our Croatia journey, we flew into Zagreb, spent one day exploring, then made our way to Plitvice Lakes National Park. One day in Plitvice Lakes is a perfect amount of time to see all the sites and enjoy everything Plitvice has to offer.
(2) Start your journey early in the morning!
The earlier you get to Plitvice Lakes, the better! By the time we got to the national park, mid-afternoon, the parking lots were packed! We did not think we would be able to find anywhere to park!
(3) If you cannot find parking, park on the road
If you do end up getting to Plitvice Lakes mid-afternoon, do not fret! Park on the road—you will see many other cars parallel parked all along the road and up the canyon. You might have to drive quite a ways away from the park to find a spot, and walk down to the park, but when you find a nook to park in, do it! Do not worry about getting towed, that is what our biggest worry was, but we were fine!
(4) Find an Airbnb, hostel, or hotel in Split
Instead of staying the night close to Plitvice Lakes, where prices can get a little outrageous because there is more demand in that area for places to stay, carefully venture to Split for the night, and explore the beautiful town in the morning for a full day of activities! Try not to leave the park too late so you do not have to drive in the dark. The roads are a little scary!
(5) Take your time, enjoy the sites!
Because Gedis and I had limited time at Plitvice lakes, we rushed through the park in four hours. If you are to take your time, stop, and enjoy, I am sure it would take you 6-8 hours. Plan for that if you would like to enjoy everything!
Here are some awesome pictures of our trip, and some ideas for you to take pictures at these sites!