From North or East of Birmingham - If you should are coming in on I-65 from the North (i.e. Huntsville), you will intersect with I-20/59 in the center of Birmingham. Take I-20/59 south & west (to Tuscaloosa). If you are coming from the east (i.e. Atlanta, Chattanooga, etc.), stay on I-20 or I-59 going west as they merge just before reaching the city. Then . . .
You will drive about 15-20 minutes and take Exit 108 (Academy Drive). At the bottom of the ramp, take a left and go under the interstate. You will come to an odd 3-way stop. Stay in the left lane, go to the stop sign and take a left up the hill. The Bessemer Civic Center is up the hill on the left (you will see it from the interstate).
To the hotel: Go right at the bottom of the ramp. Turn left onto Academy Way, by the Exxon, then left onto Academy Lane. Follow around to the hotel.
From Southwest of Birmingham (i.e. Mississippi, etc.) - You will be traveling in on I-59/20 North/East. You will see a junction with I-459, do not get on I-459. You will take the next exit, #108. At the bottom of the ramp, veer right but as you merge with traffic, get to the far left lane. You will come to the stop sign and take a left up the hill. The Bessemer Civic Center is up the hill on the left (you will see it from the interstate).
To the hotel: Go left at bottom of ramp, under interstate. Turn left at onto the Academy Way, bt the Exxon, then left onto Academy Lane. Follow around to the hotel.
From South of Birmingham (i.e. Montgomery, etc.) - You will come up on I-65 northbound and will take I-459 South (towards Tuscaloosa). When I-459 runs out at I-59/20, take I-59/20 North/East to Bessemer/Birmingham. Exit 108 is the next exit. Follow the above directions for the Southwest folks to get to the show hall.
For Those Wishing to Use Mapquest for directions and map, please refer to the show flyer for addresses of the show hall and hotel.
FOOD OPTIONS NEARBY
When you exit the interstate for the show hall/hotel, you will see that we have an Applebee's, Cracker Barrel, Golden Rule BBQ and Tac Room Steakhouse in the area nearest the hotel. There is also a Wal-Mart Supercenter and shopping center just past the stop sign where you take a left. Plenty of sit down and fast food in this area too. If you continue past the show hall & hotel, you will find a Shoney's and several fast food restaurants. Bob Sykes BBQ (local favorite) is on the left, just before 18th Street.
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