At that time, Nashville wasn't really an option without some connections (this was back in the beginning of the CHA days when Huntsville hosted the tournament). We could fly from MSP to Atlanta roundtrip, nonstop for less than $100. Also, car rentals seemed to be cheaper in Atlanta than in Nashville at that time.NewEnglander wrote:Road route to Huntsville from Atlanta is quite long because of mountainous terrain. You have to almost take an L shape route more than 3 hours long. Nashville is much closer and due north less than 2 hours away. Birmingham, Al is even closer. Surprised that you didn't fly into Nashville Millsy on one of those trips seeing that it is much closer to Minnesota than Atlanta is.
Now, with Southwest at MSP, that would make Nashville my preferred destination airport. I didn't even look at Birmingham at that time, and don't know if I would now with Nashville being a non-stop flight or one stop in Chicago. Birmingham would also require a connections somewhere, usually in Dallas or Atlanta from MSP.
We took the L shaped route (all interstate) from Atlanta to Birmingham and then up the Huntsville rather that cutting cross country through the mountains. Took us right around 3 hours, but that was by car and not on a bus. Looking back on it, I wish we would have cut cross country, but hindsight is 20-20.