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.

What a town words cant describe the beauty and friendliness of the residents of Mayberry / Mount Airy
Reviewed by montywalkers
on September 17, 2012
The people here a warm and welcoming. Always ready to lend a helping hand. Visitors can always expect many smiles and hellos as they make their way through downtown.
Reviewed by gdulaney
on September 17, 2012
Greatest little town. Everyone makes you feel so welcome. It gives you that warm and toasty feeling!
Reviewed by diane08
on September 17, 2012
This is our favorite friendliest town in America and we have seen a lot of towns, Mount Airy is TOPS
Reviewed by amelaslate
on September 17, 2012
Everyone has a southern hospitality
Reviewed by aracele
on September 17, 2012
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