Mount Airy, North Carolina


2013 Best Small Towns in America

Contest ends:  September 3, 2013

3 Votes - "Friendliest"


Mount Airy was the setting for Andy Griffith’s Mayberry and transports visitors to a happy, simpler time. The local Cinema hosts the second longest running live radio show in America and pieces of Mayberry have been preserved or reproduced.

A stroll down Main Street leads to friendly hello’s and street performances. The community frequently gathers in the local amphitheater for festivals and live music where everyone is welcome to dance. Mount Airy also offers a local museum, great restaurants like Trio or Thailand Café, and the Old North State winery.

Gone With the Wynn’s were greeted by Mount Airy’s mayor who was so confident in her town’s friendliness, she didn’t plan any events. The team was escorted around town in a vintage squad car and witnessed the camaraderie among neighbors everywhere. The Wynn’s said, “In a small town like this one you can never be in a hurry, too many people want to stop and chit-chat or shake your hand or even give you a hug...we got lots of hugs.”

Squad car tours are available for all visitors and will transport you back to simpler times. Mount Airy is also the home of George Snappenfield, the inventor of disc golf, and invites everyone to play a round while in town.

Real Smiles. Eye contact. Heart felt "Good Morning or Afternoon" Little Know Fact. The NC Granite Co quarry here supplied granite for WW2 Memorial. WOW.
Reviewed by CopperPnny
on September 17, 2012
A wonderful town with wonderful people that are so kind
Reviewed by mastereugene
on September 17, 2012
It's the friendliest town I know of, full of "down-home" people. Snappy Lunch is the place to eat.
Reviewed by kujo
on September 17, 2012
Your face will hurt from returning smiles when you leave.
Reviewed by cfort3208
on September 17, 2012
Great Friendly town with lots of amenities. Whether you want large motel or small Bed & Breakfast, large chain restaurant or small mom & pop shop, it has it all. Take the whole familily on this trip!
Reviewed by blueeyes
on September 17, 2012
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