What are the best places to visit in Israel?
For a first-time visitor to Israel with about 10 days to spend, what cites should I visit and what sights should I see? I'm interested in both history and modern culture.
I'll focus on modern colture (meaning fun/good places to go to) as if i was addressing the same question to a NY-kyer coming from Israel (I'm from Israel originally, now living in NY).
This is some things you want to do in Israel:
-- Stay (hotel) in Tel-Aviv. Whatever you do, do no stay outside of it. Ideally, you want to stay either next to the ocean (just kayak a good deal), or more in mid-tel-aviv --for instance at the Versano..
-- On Saturday morning, go to "Tsuk" beach (morning means 10am - 1:30pm)
-- On Wednesday night go to a "sing a long" place called Genki (unbelievable craziness and fun)
-- If you like cigars, go to Davidas (you can smoke cubans in Israel)
-- Jerusalem of course. You don't have to stay there, it's ~45minutes drive from Tel-Aviv to Jerusalem so rent a car, drive there, enjoy the city, there is tons of things to see, but at the very least go to the "the wall" (kotel) and you can walk in that area. amazing
-- If you can spend a full days, some people that have visited israel for the first time liked the dead sea. It's pretty unique and fun
-- Eat a good falafel (at "shemesh", or Jaffa)
That's a start, have fun :-)
Jerre DumbrillOrange, CT, USA
If you're interested in history or archeology investigate whether you can go to some of the digs. We've watched The Naked Archeologist on the History Channel for some time and it seems that in all of Israel (and surrounding countries) there are sites which unfold the history of the ancient battles and the beginnings of the Judeo-Christian movements.