There are many, many Instagram accounts out there based in Utah County. How do you wade through it all to find the most valuable and informational ones?
We've gathered a long list of social media accounts that are currently active and post often about things many citizens of Utah County would like to know.
Some Utah Valley cities are on Insta! Following your own city's social media accounts is a great way to stay in the loop on events, opportunities and news going on in your very own neighborhood.
American Fork: @americanforkcity
Cedar Hills: @cedarhillsutah
Eagle Mountain: @eaglemountaincity
Pleasant Grove: @pleasantgrovecity
@everyday_learners: EveryDay Learners is a United Way of Utah County initiative that encourages community members to make reading a priority in their neighborhoods.
@siliconslopes: If startups and the tech community is your scene, you definitely want to be following Silicon Slopes.
@talesfromutahvalley: Tales from Utah Valley on Instagram posts about the goings-on in Utah Valley, including how to help the community and fun ideas of things to do.
Accounts for parents
@alpineschools: Follow Alpine School District's account for news and updates about your child's school district.
@provocityschooldistrict: Stay up-to-date on all things Provo School District with this account.
@utahvalleymoms: Utah Valley Moms features local activities, events and goods geared towards kids and families, along with local discounts.
Other city-based accounts
@americanforkchamber: This city chamber works to unite and advance the success of businesses in North Utah County, particularly in American Fork, through it's Instagram posts.
@downtownprovo: Find out about the music, food and arts scene in downtown Provo by following this account.
@provocityevents: You probably get the gist from the name — find out about upcoming events in Provo by following Provo City Events.
@provoeconomicdevelopment: Provo Economic Development relays information and news about the comings and goings of businesses in the city.
@provoneighborhoodprogram: This account is dedicated to providing a direct line of communication between the city and its residents.
@spanishforchamber: Spanish Fork Chamber posts often about events and other info that promotes a vibrant local economy.
@circlesuv: Circles Utah Valley is a community-based initiative focused on helping struggling individuals and families become self-reliant. Info about opportunities to get help or to volunteer can be found on their feed.
@communityactionuc: Community Action of Utah County is dedicated to fostering self-reliance in individuals, families and the community.
@encircletogether: Encircle serves as a Family and Youth Resource Center for locals in the LGBTQ+ community and their friends and family.
@risingstaroutreach: Rising Star Outreach, based in Provo, centers on empowering others to rise above the stigma of leprosy and live healthy, productive lives.
@unitedwayuc: United Way of Utah County aims to make the county a better place to live for everyone, both by giving others the help they need and by providing volunteer opportunities for those who are able and willing in the community.
@embracewellness: Wasatch Mental Health's account offers facts, info and announcements specifically about those who'd like a little mental health advice in Utah County.
@utahcountyhealthdept: The Utah County Health Department's account offers helpful information specific to locals, along with posting about announcements and events.
@coveycenter: The Covey Center in downtown Provo provides performances, theatre and art galleries to the public.
@hcto: Hale Center Theater Orem's account let's its followers find out more about its currently playing shows and reveals announcements about upcoming shows and more.
@sceraupdate: SCERA is a nonprofit charitable organization dedicated to the arts, family entertainment and creative education. Find out about upcoming shows, events, and other opportunities on their Instagram account.
@springvillemuseum: The Springville Museum of Art prides itself in being the center fixture of the area dubbed "Art City." Find out about programs, events, new art displays and more at this Insta account.
@brighamyounguniversity: Some of BYU's Instagram content is just photo-based, but they also often post about everything from the university's athletics to devotionals to campus events.
@byucougars: BYU Cougars is the official Instagram account of everything BYU Athletics.
@utah.valley.university: Follow the account of the largest school in the county for updates, news and announcements.
@gouvu: This account is the official feed of Utah Valley Athletics. You can find out ways to cheer on the Wolverines by following this account.
Fun activities accounts
@universityplaceorem: The University Place mall in Orem has stepped up its community activities as of late, and most are free to the public! From cultural events to cardio classes to concerts, you can find a lot of fun activity ideas on this account.
@utahfunactivities: While this account does post about activities throughout the state, many of the posts relate to Utah Valley.
@utahlake: Find ideas for fun things to do on and around Utah Lake with this account.
Safety official accounts
Stay up-to-date with local safety by following your area's police, fire and other departments (many of these types of accounts are forgotten or neglected, so we've only included ones that are currently active).
American Fork: @americanforkfirerescue
Mapleton : @mapletonfirerescue
Accounts for foodies
@utfoodie: Cindy, the self-appointed Utah Foodie, dines out at interesting, delicious local restaurants and posts about her experiences. She's basically a modern-day Instagram version of an old fashioned food reviewer.
@yelputahcounty: Yes, Yelp includes reviews of things other than food, but let's be honest, most of its content is just food. And we're A-OK with that! You'll find ideas for delectable treats and good eats on this account.
County government/public services accounts
@rideuta: Keep in the loop on all things public transportation in Utah County with this account's helpful feed.
@utahcountycommission: The Utah County Commission's feed is provided by the public information officer.
Daily Herald on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter
Yes, we're taking this opportunity for a shameless, self-serving plug for our own social media accounts. We post links, photos and videos about our top stories several times a day on Facebook and Twitter and one to three times a day on Instagram. There's no better way to stay informed about your county on social media than to follow the county newspaper!
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