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.