GREENSBORO — The International Civil Rights Center Museum has placed seventh among USA Today’s 10 Best Readers’ Choice travel attractions in North Carolina.
At the top of the list: Mount Airy Main Street.
The civil rights museum is a former Woolworth store at 134 S. Elm St. where four N.C. AT students started nonviolent sit-ins on Feb. 1, 1960. They served as a catalyst in the civil rights movement.
The site is also among about 130 locations in 14 states being promoted as part of the new U.S. Civil Rights Trail, which organizers hope will boost tourism in the region.
National newspaper USA Today promoted the competition. 10Best enlisted a panel of North Carolina travel writers and photographers to nominate their favorite state attractions.
The panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to picked the initial 20 nominees. The top 10 winners were determined by popular online votes over the past four weeks.
Winners were announced at noon Friday at 10best.com/awards/travel/best-north-carolina-attraction.
Mount Airy was actor Andy Griffith’s childhood home and the inspiration behind the town of Mayberry in his 1960s television classic, “The Andy Griffith Show.” The town’s historic Main Street looks much like its fictional counterpart, complete with vintage squad cars and a replica of the jail and courthouse from the show.
Here is the rest of the top 10:
2. Battleship North Carolina, Wilmington
3. Biltmore Estate, Asheville
4. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham
5. Grandfather Mountain
6. Blue Ridge Parkway
7. International Civil Rights Center Museum, Greensboro
8. Cape Lookout National Seashore, Harkers Island
9. Great Smoky Mountains National Park
10. Corolla Wild Horses, Corolla.
Later the results will be published nationally in USA Today.