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Ultimate Guide to Kornati National Park: Solitude & Wildlife in the Croatian Islands

A national park like no other, Kornati is an archipelago just off the Dalmatian Coast. With few year-round residents, they offer a rugged landscape and breezy beaches with sparkling waters. They may not be a breeze to get to, but they’ve charmed visitors for centuries with their remote “desert island” feel. Thanks to Croatia’s newfound popularity, taking a tour through the 140 islands (89 of which belong to Kornati National Park) is easier than ever.

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Ultimate Guide to Krka National Park: A Natural Oasis in Croatia

If you came to Croatia to visit Plitvice Lakes National Park, but then found that you couldn’t go swimming there, Krka National Park is your answer. Krka has waterfalls aplenty, flowing from the Krka River, and unlike at Plitvice, they are free for a dip. The park is also home to a wide array of flora and fauna, as well as some unique cultural sights, all with fewer tourists than the now-renowned Plitvice. Read on for information on how to make the most of your trip to Krka.

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Ultimate Guide to the Pelješac Peninsula: Rugged Beauty in Croatia

If Dubrovnik seems a bit too hectic for you these days, consider driving an hour up the coast for a true holiday on a rugged peninsula that’s still flying well under the radar. Though close to Croatia’s most beloved city, Pelješac is still largely free of crowds. That means you’ll have its charming old villages, unspoiled wine country, pebbly beaches, and laid-back restaurants all to yourself, at least for a little while longer.

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Ultimate Guide to Istria: Cultural Crossroads in Croatia

The Istrian peninsula doesn’t quite feel like the rest of Croatia, and there's a good reason for that—it's been part of the Venetian Republic, Italy, and the Austrian Empire, depending on the century. History has given it many faces, and that’s good news for visitors. You can cycle through its cities, towns, and natural areas to take in Roman architecture, pristine beaches, and singular cuisine—sometimes all in one day.

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7 Must-See Museums in Japan

Japan’s museums aren't all serious affairs. Sure, some of them deal with classic museum topics like art and history—but many go for the charming, quirky, or downright bizarre, focusing on collections that are so obscure, you won't find them anywhere else in the world. Visit the seven spots in this list to catch a unique exhibition or to check out the extraordinary architecture,

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5 Best Bars in Dubrovnik

Where better than Dubrovnik to relax with a drink in hand? With its cliffside cafés, swanky ocean-view lounges, and literally subterranean watering holes, we can't think of a sweeter spot. Check out the 5 best spots to grab a cocktail or Croatian craft beer in Old Town and beyond.