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Explore Mount Airy, the hometown of actor Andy Griffith, for the Mayberry parallels. Visit the numerous tourist attractions, or take a drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Mount Airy, North Carolina has so much to offer in the way of history, commerce and culture. Mount Airy, North Carolina, an All America City.
It's the closet thing to Mayberry that you can get. Andy Griffith grew up here and incorporated names of places and people from Mount Airy on "The Andy Griffith Show." The Mount Airy Visitors Center is home to the Andy Griffith Museum, the largest collection of Andy memorabilia in the world, and admission is free! Mount Airy hosts "Mayberry Days" the last weekend in September annually. Mount Airy has Floyd's City Barber Shop, Snappy Lunch, the Andy Griffith Playhouse, Andy's Homeplace, Aunt Bee's Room and Wally's Service Station. And, now the Andy Griffith Parkway dissects Mount Airy via Highway 52. Also while you visit Mount Airy, you've got to eat a Snappy Lunch pork chop sandwich served all the way. This local lunchtime favorite was featured in Gourmet magazine.
Pilot Mountain, a metamorphic quartzite monadnock rising to a peak 2,421 feet above sea level, is one of the most distinctive natural features in the U.S. state of North Carolina. It is a remnant of the ancient chain of Sauratown Mountains. The Saura Indians, the region's earliest known inhabitants, called the mountain "Jomeokee", meaning "great guide".
U.S. Route 52 passes through the town of Pilot Mountain near the mountain, and the city of Mount Airy is some miles farther north.
Pilot Mountain has two distinctive features, named Big and Little Pinnacle. Big Pinnacle (also called "The Knob") has high and colorful bare rock walls, with a rounded top covered by vegetation, reaching approximately 1,400 feet (430 m) above the surrounding terrain. Visitors can take a paved road to the park visitor center and campgrounds, then up to a parking lot on the ridge. Trails from there allow access to the main Little Pinnacle Overlook and other viewing stations.
Whether you like big adventure, or just beautiful sightseeing, boating, golfing, biking, beach combing, or just visiting lighthouses, antique shops, playhouses, museums and galleries, North Carolina is rich with attractions and amusements
One of the most exhilarating beach vaction spots on the East Coast is NC'S Outer Banks. Vacation rentals from Corolla down past Kitty Hawk and Nags Head and all the way to the former pirate stronghold of Ocracoke Island. You have to do this at least once in your lifetime.
If mountains are more your style then the North Carolina Smoky Mountains offer a value family vacation with hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and scenic drives through the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forest. The Blue Ridge Parkway offers many outstanding mountain views and scenic overlooks. You can't go wrong on this one!
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