by Brandy D. Anderson
If you’re planning a trip, but you’re not sure just where to go, Twitter is one of the best platforms for checking out awesome tourism sites. It’s the perfect place to scope out ideas, and you definitely need to check out the tourist pages for each prospective destination. I’ve gathered four awesome tourism Twitter accounts around the world for you to peruse, for destinations in the States, Britain, Ireland, and Peru.
About: ”Tweeting Portland awesomeness during normal business hours. #PDXNOW
Ah, Portland! The quirky US city in the Northwest state of Oregon is known for its offbeat, laid-back, cool mentality. This corky lifestyle is even reflected by the official tourism account’s cover photo which shows rows upon rows of beer bottles, all different styles and brews. And, heck, even Portland’s wildlife joins in on the crazy fun, just look at the intelligent bluebird who landed on Senator Bernie Sanders’ podium during a campaign stop! Of course Travel Portland loves to promote tourism to the state, but they also are loud and proud when it comes to their residents, and they often share artwork and other neat projects put out there by Portlanders.
One such recent share is a cool black and white drawing of Portland’s Lan Su Garden restaurant: “Outstanding work! RT: @boonhogganbeck”. Another tweet boasts that “Astoria’s @BuoyBeer Pops Up in the Pearl at @RiverPigSaloon – bit.ly/2ahlpRY (via @NewSchoolBeer) #PDX”. You find out that “NE Sandy Boulevard Is Portland’s Best Cheap Eats Drive-Thru”, and if you’re a fan of swimming, you’re told a local secret: “Beat this hot heat with the kids at these public pools around town – bit.ly/2atSWYi”. Looking for a place to stay during your trip to P-Town? “MT: @EthanFixell: Am I tripping? Nope, this just truly IS the funkiest/ coolest hotel room ever. @Kimpton”. There’s a Portland Craft Beer Guide shared by The City Lane. Fans of the outdoors will love the tweet telling you all about how “Silver Falls State Park is one of Oregon’s jewels. Check it out.” Foodies will be happy to learn that “The Best Korean Teriyaki in the Known Universe is in Portland”. Travel Portland is a prolific tweeter, averaging seven to eight new tweets every day.
About: “Discover places to holiday and great things to do. Tweet us, share photos and follow us for England news. visitengland.com”.
The word England conjures so many different ideas, images, and notions all at once, but the most prevalent one is probably beauty. The country has a diverse topography and you’d be hard pressed to find someone unaffected by the picturesque landscapes. This Twitter account immediately gives you a sense of England’s grand scope for the imagination when you see the cover photo depicting a colourful English countryside, complete with hues of purple, green, and gold.
Jane Austen, arguably England’s most famous female author, spent immeasurable time describing the country’s gorgeous landscape. She sometimes pokes fun at this awed outlook, like in this passage from Sense and Sensibility: “’It is not everyone,’ said Elinor [to Marianne], ‘who has your passion for dead leaves.’” Even if you are as sensible as Elinor, you still can’t help but be moved by England’s beauty, and this account showcases it admirably. There are a lot of helpful links to list articles, like “10 must-dos in England’s National Parks. How many have you visited?” They post silly, fun content as well, such as the crazy video Queen Elizabeth herself agreed to appear in, with Daniel Craig’s James Bond. You’ll find weekend suggestions: “Nab last minute tickets to Camp Bestival (pictured) + nine more things to do this weekend”. There are also fun facts, “#DYK that England’s longest National Trail starts in @ExmoorNP?” You can join in with fun guessing games: “It’s #NationalParksWeek. Can you guess the name of this one? Answer’s Here: ow.ly/TSi3302vVVD” and the tweet is accompanied by a short video featuring a breathtaking aerial shot. Visit England tweets an average of five times a day.
About: “Visit Dublin is the official guide to Dublin, a great place to find out about what’s happening, whether you’re a visitor or a local #LoveDublin
If you’ve never been to Dublin, this tourism site could just convince you to book your tickets right now. Dublin is a magical place, a place where you’ll find a bittersweet tapestry of love, tears, and perseverance. A place where you can still see the scars and bullet holes forever embedded into the pillars of the General Post Office, where you can walk through Dublina and see the ancient Viking streets, and where you can strike up a friendly conversation with virtually everyone you meet. Whether you want to pay homage to where “A Terribly [Was] Born” or you just want to soak in the majesty of amazing castles, Dublin is your city.
Visit Dublin immediately invites followers to engage in the tourist love, with their pinned post asking, “Do you Love Dublin? Share with us your #LoveDublin pics and we will feature them each week!” There’s a fun Dr. Seuss quote attached to a striking photo of Dublin’s Trinity College: “The more you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you’ll go. #TrinityCollege”. There’s an interesting article shared from The Irish Examiner: “Hidden gems & secret attractions: The best things to do in #Dublin!” and the photo shows Kilmainham Gael (a retired prison which has been turned into a creepy museum), the final site for the leaders of the 1916 Easter Rebellion. There are happier destinations suggested as well, such as their recent tweet inviting you to “Celebrate everything that’s good & great in the wold. @BeatYard July 30/31 #DunLaoghaire @Rubberbandits”. The ancient city’s impressive history is featured, like in this post showing a lovely old church: “1,000 yrs old, Christ Church Cathedral, #Dublin’s oldest building, can make you feel VERY young!” You can also find out about cool free things to do around the city, such as this “FREE Guided Tour! Hear the colourful stories of Cabinteely House on a wonderful journey through time. @dlrcc” where you can “take a guided tour of Cabinteely House, a stunning eighteenth-century country house.” Visit Dublin updates an average of five new tweets daily.
About: “Peru’s official tourism account. Discover the hidden treasures we have for you. Use #VisitPeru, #DiscoverYourselfInPeru to allow us to share. @Peru on Instagram
Peru is a spectacular country nestled on the lush South American west coast. It’s a place known for self-discovery, a sentiment echoed on their tourism account cover photo: a couple is shown picking colourful vegetables and fruit from a market, the taglines read, “Discover the you you never knew. Discover yourself in Peru. Peru, land of hidden treasures”. One of the country’s most famous landmarks is the ancient Incan city of Machu Picchu. Another amazing site is their portion of the Amazon rainforest.
The awe-inspiring landscape is one of Peru’s main attractions, and this page gives you loads of suggestions for places to visit. One recent post reads, “Live one of the best nights of your life looking up in the Cordillera.” You can “Visit Playa Roja in #Paracas, a beach with red sand [a] result of volcanic activity”. If you want to stroll through bright city streets, you can “Come to downtown #Lima and find coloured houses built under the colonial architecture”. There’s a link to an article detailing how “#MachuPicchu is ranked among the twelve most beautiful places in South America”. Visit Peru asks if you’re “In the mood for a cruise through the #Amazon? Check this video and see how cool this trip could be – bit.ly/Amaz_En #Peru”. There are big contest giveaways, “Have a blast in #Peru! Enter here = bit.ly/PeruOAP register and win a trip to #Lima and #Cusco”. Are you “Planning a trip to #Lima? Know five things you don’t want to miss in this destination” and the subsequent tweet asks if you’re “Ready for #Lima nightlife? Come to #Barranco and have an unforgettable time”. This account updates an average of one or two times a day.