Depends on how much time you have Andy. If it was me, I would drive from NY to Houston and see the sites along the way. LONG drive, but, if you have a driving partner and take your time, you have a great opportunity to see some beautiful real estate in the good old USA. Just don't get caught up in the beauty of the Smokies and decide to become a meatball fan!
BTW: Are you still planning on the Vikes game? Are you coming alone or with a buddy? I have one front row Bullpen ticket with your name on it for the Vikes game if you want it. If you bring a buddy I am sure we can find a seat close by, or maybe even on the front row with you. Just let me know and we'll see what can be done.
It'll be GREAT to see ya again!