Visiting the cities, towns and villages in the vicinity of Goris will afford you a real insight into the architectural and social makeup of the region.
A surefire way to better understand an area is by exploring its earlier days. Take a trip to the fortresses while you are here.
A great way to discover the unique natural environment in the area around Goris is to sign up for a rock climbing or hiking tour.
Often, a destination's true personality can be found in its culinary arts. Amongst the many ingredients frequently used in this part of the world are eggpalnt and burghul (cracked wheat). Why don't you try ghapama (pumpkin stew) or khash (broth)? Both meals are a common fare in this area. Alani (pitted, dried peaches) is a local dessert. Refresh your palette with a glass of beer. Erebuni is popular here. Artsakh (mulberry vodka) is a local drink, for locals. No matter what time of day, kick back by ordering a refreshing local kvas (fermented bread drink).
The most convenient major airport, Zvartnots International Airport, is located in Yerevan, 110 miles (177 kilometers) to the northwest of Goris, so take that into account when planning your vacation.