Though it holds the distinction of being both the first and the largest national park in Croatia, Plitvice's claim to fame is undeniably its unique series of cascading lakes that flow one into the other over an elevation change of some 450 feet in total. These 20 lakes and waterfalls are enclosed by Mala Kapela mountain on one side and Pljesevica mountain on the other, creating a beautiful backdrop against which the combination of green foliage and clear blue water appear even more impressive.
Once inside the park (approx. 110 Kuna, or $21), those with a more adventurous bent may be slightly put off by the fact that swimming is strictly prohibited in the all-too-appealing looking lakes, and that hiking is largely contained to marked paths and wooden walkways. However, given the pristine natural setting and the sheer number of yearly visitors, it's not hard to understand why this is the case. Make sure you arrive early, as the best views are afforded when the sun is getting close to its zenith, and take a few hours to enjoy one of Croatia's most scenic natural spectacles.
Note:A free tram service is provided within the park for those who don't have an entire day to spend walking the entire loop between the upper and lower falls.