Seasons Greetings :). I would appreciate any comments/advice - I was thinking of visiting end January for 5 days (have only been once before in October and loved it). I am looking at airfare/routes for various airports flying in from Orlando and have the choice of:
1) flying into Nashville on AA (1stop) (only reason I am considering this one really is that we would have liked an AA flight for the airmiles and the fare is not too bad) - I think Nashville is about a 3.5 hour drive - wondering if it's an "easy" drive on good roads in January?.
2) fly into Asheville with Airtran (direct - also cheapest fare) - was going to go with this one untll I read about the rock fall blocking the I40 - now think the detour is over 2 hours drive - is this mountainous, switchback type roads? Also, not sure which route as Google Maps had several different routes.
3) fly into Knoxville with Delta or Northwest (both 1 stops, flight travel time over 4 hours) - 1 hour approx drive - we drove into Knoxville on our last visit and I do not recall any scary roads on this route :) but my memory could be deceiving me.
Of my possible choices, which one would you think to be most sensible, with regard to possible road conditions / weather end January. I would prefer the option with the easiest driving route on good roads, rather than shortest distance but "scary" roads if that makes sense. Also, would we need a 4 by 4 and/or snow chains or would a regular compact hire car be okay?
Sorry for the long waffle and many thanks for any advice.