Plitvice Lakes National Park: Croatia's Natural Wonder

When people think of visiting Croatia they think of two things: Dubrovnik and the waterfalls at Plitvice Lakes National Park. With crystal clear blue waters and countless waterfalls, Plitvice is unbelievably beautiful and a must-do on any trip to Croatia. 

Plitvice Lakes National Park is one of the oldest national parks in southeastern Europe and the largest in Croatia. The park was founded in 1949 and created a UNESCO world heritage site in 1979. 

The park's sixteen lakes receive over one million visitors every year. 

The lakes range in colors from azure to green, grey or blue. Visitors explore the park via wooden walkways winding through the falls. 

Visitors explore the park via wooden walkways winding through the falls. 

Take your time visiting the park and don't rush by the waterfalls. Each set of waterfalls provides their own special beauty. 

The clarity of the water is unbelievably inviting but don't even think of jumping in, it's against the rules. 

Subterranean rivers feed the lakes and natural dams are created by moss and algae deposits. 

I feel like these walkways would never work in the United States. Someone would do something stupid like jump in and ruin it for everyone.

Overhanging trees make for a beautiful, peaceful walk around the lakes. 

And how can you beat views like this? Waterfall overload.