While most North American visitors to Croatia explore the Dalmatian islands and the country’s coastal cities by cruise ship, there are many travel destinations inland.
At the top of the list is Plitvice Lakes National Park, the oldest national park in Southeast Europe.
The 73,350-acre nature reserve in the mountainous central region of Croatia, near the border of Bosnia and Herzegovina, was founded in 1949 when the area was part of Yugoslavia.
Plitvice Lakes was named a Unesco World Heritage site in 1979 for its natural wonders, but it’s the simple beauty of nature that leaves visitors with the deepest impression.
Each year more than a million visitors, mostly from Europe and Asia, explore the park’s numerous waterfalls and 16 interlinked lakes via five miles of dirt trails and wooden walkways. Many of the paths are wheelchair-accessible.