Our family of 4 adults is planning a self-guided 2 week trip in October 2013. I've got a good idea of what we want to see but I'm wondering which would be best - to go to Jerusalem and near-by sights first then rent a car and drive to the further away places OR to drive first then go to Jerusalem. I've gotten the impression that seeing and understanding Jerusalem might set the stage for appreciating the rest of the county. On the other hand, for us, it would be more convenient to drive first.
Does anyone have any words of wisdom? Thanks!