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.

When I first moved here from a bigger city, the first thing I noticed is most people would always throw there hand up while driving....even though you had no idea who they were.
Reviewed by loralei
on September 17, 2012
People refer to Mount Airy as "God's best kept secret". We visited Mount Airy 10 years ago and liked it so much we moved here!
Reviewed by Jantec
on September 17, 2012
Mount Airy is the original "Mayberry" home of the famous Andy Griffith. A visit to Mount Airy is a visit to the ideal American hometown everyone is very friendly and will do their best to accomodate a tourist hoping to become that tourists friend in town. There is great entertainment, shopping, dining, lodging, wineries, and peaceful scenic settings. The best hotel to stay at is Hampton Inn on Rockford St. Everyone there is always so pleasant and friendly. Hampton Inn Mount Airy also has several packages that will take a tourist on a guided tour to see all the wonderful things of Mayberry. A visit to this town is a must and highly recommended.
Reviewed by leniselynch
on September 17, 2012
I love living here, Moved here 15 years ago after visiting on vacation.
Reviewed by VideoWorksofNC
on September 17, 2012
The People and business owners are great.
Reviewed by jimgambler
on September 17, 2012
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