Mount Airy, N.C.
The fictional Mayberry of "The Andy Griffith Show" was inspired by a real town, Mount Airy, N.C., which the late Andy Griffith himself called home. Fans are still flocking to Mount Airy, looking for a slice of the simpler life and times depicted on the show.
Tourists sit outside Wally's Service, a replica from “The Andy Griffith Show” set, in Mount Airy, N.C. (July 3, 2012)
Kevin Mixon helps wife Donna Gail Mixon, of Walterboro, S.C., from a sidecar on display at the Andy Griffith Museum in Mount Airy, N.C. (July 3, 2012)
Mike and Terry Jones sit outside Wally's Service, a replica of “The Andy Griffith Show” set, in Mount Airy, N.C. (July 3, 2012)
A bouquet placed at the foot of a statue of Andy Griffith at Pullen Park in Raleigh, N.C. The museum in Mount Airy is not the only place where the actor is honored. (July 3, 2012)