I'm looking for some day trips in croatia. we plan on visiting dubrovnik, zadar, split as well as some small islands and zagreb. we would like to see some national parks or maybe go to some other countries around croatia for a day. any suggestions?
Plitvice Lakes National Park is wonderful, but it is not a good day-trip destination because of severe crowding in the middle of the day. The way to see Plitvice (which could be a stop on the way between Split or Zadar and Zagreb) is to spend the night there and do your walking inside the park late in the afternoon on your arrival day and/or when the park first opens the next morning. In the middle of the day, the paths and boardwalks inside the park are reminiscent of the sidewalks in Manhattan. (I am not exaggerating; I have been there and suffered through it.)
Others have taken day-trips from Dubrovnik to Mostar (Bosnia-Hercegovina). It's also possible to see a bit of northern Montenegro while staying in Dubrovnik. The scenery around the Bay of Kotor is stupendous (but the driver will have to keep his eyes on the road). I liked the town of Kotor on the days when there was no monster cruise ship in port, but I think it's fair to note that it is a sort of less-spectacular mini-Dubrovnik. Stopping off in Herceg Novi might be better. Some other posters really liked the little town of Perast, where you can get a boat out to Our Lady of the Rocks.
I haven't been to Krka National Park in Croatia, but I believe it is less spectacular than Plitvice (and also less crowded).
I've read good things about the national parks in Montenegro (a country with some lovely scenery), but they cannot be visited by public transportation, which is the way I travel. I don't think it would be very practical to try to see much of Montenegro on day-trips from Dubrovnik, though.
How many nights do you have in Croatia? With a lot of time you could add Istria to your itinerary. It's worth four nights or so to see Rovinj, Porec, Vrsar, Pula and the interior towns of Groznjan and Motovun.
I didn't know that about Plitvice lakes. i will keep that in mind for sure. i heard about krka and read you could swim in the river, that sounds interesting.
at the moment we wouldn't like to go to montenegro, maybe some other time. were thinking more like Slovenia or bosnia and herzegovina . we plan a trip for 10ish days in the summer