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.

Community and family are number one here. Everybody is very nice.
Reviewed by pdraymer
on September 17, 2012
some of the friendliest people in the world live in my hometown, me included.
Reviewed by rara
on September 17, 2012
I live here here in Moutn Airy, NC. We try to make everyone welcome and people around ehre smile all the time.
Reviewed by winning4us
on September 17, 2012
Friendly people, great businesses, relaxed atmosphere!
Reviewed by PCNEEDS
on September 17, 2012
Our small town of Mayberry is very similar to the Andy Griffith show. All businesses on Main St. are extremely friendly and accomodating. I think most visitors to Mayberry (Mt.Airy) are very pleased with there visit to see us.
Reviewed by gailh1412
on September 17, 2012
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