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.

A wonderful town all American
Reviewed by dukenancy
on September 17, 2012
The best small town ever! Everyone is so friendly. With a lively downtown, people meet along the streets to say hello. Residents meet visitors excited and willing to give helpful directions to make their experience the best! We loving sharing our little town with visitors. People gather in favorite restaurants, and individuals and families are seen enjoying this beautiful community! From the parks, to the restaurants, shops and more you will experience the friendliest town in America!
Reviewed by TanyaTaylor
on September 17, 2012
Has to be the Most Friendliest as we have travel over 40 yrs
Reviewed by fisconeli
on September 17, 2012
Mount Airy is Mayberry. We are America's Hometown--y'all come and stay a while and we'll prove it to you. We sure would 'preciate it.
Reviewed by bigstar
on September 17, 2012
Mount Airy is an awesome small town. Lots of things to do - amphitheatre,scenic biking routes, beautiful greenways, shopping, restaurants, festivals, music events, etc - all within view of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. The community is friendly and the people act like they have never met a stranger - treat visitors like friends and family.
Reviewed by andaleca
on September 17, 2012
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