Plitvice Lakes National Park
On day 2, you can either drive down to Plitvice National Park or take a public bus (one way ticket will cost around 9-10 Euros). The collection of lakes and waterfalls in Croatia’s most popular national park are a marvel to see. The 16 crystalline lakes that fall into each other via a series of waterfalls is a sight that draws many visitors every year. You can either see this park on your way to Dubrovnik, if you are driving down, or can go visit it as a full day tour from Zagreb. It takes a minimum of four hours to fully see and experience this beautiful place.
Nacionalni park Paklenica
Paklenica National Park was established in 1949 and is Croatia’s second oldest national park behind Plitvice Lakes in Northern Dalmatia. Croatia is home to 8 stunning national parks, all worth a visit. Paklenica National Park is 95 km2, and lies within Croatia’s largest mountain range, the Velebit. The park consists of of two dolomite limestone canyons called Velika (big) Paklenica & Mala (small) Paklenica. The park has around 150km of hiking trails, which if you have the legs for it, will ultimately take you up to the highest peak of Vaganski Vrh at 1,757m. The mountain rises sharply from the sea and while the park initially looks very rocky you’ll be surprised to find that 75% of the national park is in fact forest, primarily Beech and Black Pine. If you are into adventure sports, then Paklenica National Park is surely calling your name.