We are visiting Plitvice on 19 September this year. We are arriving in the area the evening before and aiming to get into the park as soon as they open the gates. We love walking and photography so we anticipate we will be in the park for the bulk of the day.
Our next destination is Ljubljana. We are trying to work out if we are better to stay near Plitvice after our day in the park and then drive the next day, or drive to Ljubljana after the park - but it is a 3 hour drive. The other thought I had was we could drive half way and sleep in Novo Mesto or even Zagreb. Google Maps has several routes on offer, and I am not sure which is the 'best' one to take - in terms of scenery / easy driving. One route goes quite close to Zagreb so we could even sleep there.
We did think we could leave this open until we are there, and assess on day. If we finish at Plitvice earlier than we think, we can head off and see where we end up that evening. At this time of year, would we be ok booking accommodation on the fly?
If anyone has done this leg of the itinerary, I would love your thoughts.