October 19, 2015 | talktraveltome | Leave a comment Plitvice Lakes National Park is the largest national park in Croatia and home to the beautiful Plitvice Lakes (I guess the name kinda gave that one away). Being avid followers of other travel blogs and travel Instagram accounts, the Plitvice Lakes were one of the places we kept seeing stunning pictures of and a place we both had on our bucket list to visit. So what makes the Plitvice Lakes so amazing? Well they consist of 16 cascading lakes all interconnected by countless rivers and waterfalls, surrounded by some of the most naturally beautiful landscapes we have ever seen. If that isn’t enough, the water is either a stunning Gatorade Frost Blue color (yeah we compared earth’s natural beauty to a flavor of Gatorade) or an emerald color and in some areas it’s absolutely crystal clear. The lakes are located about two hours outside of the cities of Zadar and Zagreb, and they can be reached by either bus or car making for a perfect day trip. If a day isn’t enough time to enjoy these lakes, there are also several hotels just outside the park where you can stay. We were staying in Zadar and had a rental car, so we took a drive ourselves and arrived bright and early to avoid the crowds. Although this only lasted for about half the day… By the time the early afternoon rolled around the park was packed and walking around was slowed to a crawl. There are several hike options you can take, so we opted for the 6 hour walk (H route) through the lakes and were absolutely blown away the entire time. The lakes are made up of the upper and lower lakes, each with their own defining characteristics, but equally as beautiful. It’s hard to put into words how incredible this place is, so instead of going on and on about our experience there (which was awesome!) we thought it would be best to bring you through Plitvice with a little photo journey to inspire you to put this place on your bucket list! When we first walked into Plitvice we had to make our way through wooden paths, suspended above the water. At first we were only surrounded by tall grass and thick bushes, but after turning a few corners we figuratively, and almost literally (there were a few low hanging branches), got smacked in the face with how beautiful this place is… When we said Gatorade Frost Blue we weren’t kidding… And the water is so clear you can be Bear Grylls and try to catch fish with your bare hands… Also the ducks are not shy here… in fact it’s very possible that you get a duck-selfie. If fairies were real… what are we saying? They are real! And this is where they live… After visiting Plitvice Lakes National Park, we absolutely fell in love with this place, so much so, that we started hugging the trees and never wanted to leave!