Asheville, North Carolina fall autumn foliage

Asheville, North Carolina in 15 Gorgeous Photos

Asheville was the first official stop on the Great American Roadtrip in my Airstream trailer. With the goal of visiting as many national parks as possible, I saw one picture of the Blue Ridge Parkway and I knew I had to see it for myself. We parked at a tiny campground outside of Asheville at the…

Jessica Peterson of Global Girl Travels sipping a pineapple on Saona Island, Dominican Republic for Barcelo Hotels, barcelostories.com

Barcelo Stories: My 3 Travel Films from the Dominican Republic

I joined 26 other travel influencers to film my experience at Barcelo Hotels for a project called Barcelo Stories. The influencers visited three different destinations — Mexico, Aruba, and Dominican Republic. I directed and starred in three films with the talented Vanessa Vandy as my cinematographer. We tag-teamed on the edit and I’m pretty thrilled with…

Niagara Falls aerial view, Ontario, Canada

6 Things to Eat, See & Do in Niagara Falls, Canada

3,160 tons of water flows over Niagara Falls every second. The falls are made more spectacular at sunrise when the golden orb pushes through mile-high mist. Watch my film, Niagara. I first visited Niagara Falls in 2009. I was one week married and honeymooning in New York. On a road trip, the Hubs took a…

Watchtower at Grand Canyon, Arizona

Photographing the Grand Canyon at Sunset

I’m one of those weirdos who travels for days to get to far-flung jungles in Borneo before I visit a ton of closer and more obvious destinations such as the Grand Canyon. I decided to devote a year to U.S. travel and started with a road trip through Arizona in May. Basing myself in Page, I…

Jessica Peterson of Global Girl Travels at Horseshoe Bend, Arizona

Horseshoe Bend in Pictures: Why You Need to Visit Arizona

Possibly Arizona’s easiest “hike,” Horseshoe Bend is popular for good reason. Stretching a mile across, this dome in the middle of the Colorado River is stunning to behold. The overlook is 4,200 feet above sea level and the Colorado River is at 3,200 feet above sea level, making it a 1,000-foot drop. The bend is…

Skylon Tower at Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada

Watch this Video to See Niagara Falls at Its Most Beautiful

Watch my latest travel film about one of the world’s most popular waterfalls, Niagara. Niagara Falls is easily one of my favorite waterfalls on earth. (Iceland’s Kirkjufellsfoss is a close second.) My hands were shaking as I willed my little drone perilously close to that tower of mist. If you are a photographer, I highly…

Sedona, Arizona

The Magical Red Rocks of Sedona, Arizona

This is a huge part of what motivates my travels. In my twenties, I often sought chaotic urban destinations and was dazzled by the movement, the lights, and the crowds. In my thirties, nature does so much more for my soul. Cities are exciting, but only nature gives back. It replenishes rather than draining the…

Upper Antelope Canyon, Arizona

Why tour Upper Antelope Canyon? These 9 photos reveal all

I always say that some tourist traps live up to the hype. I try never to be a travel snob. If a destination calls to me, I go — even if that means fighting crowds. Upper Antelope Canyon by definition could qualify as a tourist trap, and physically the canyon could be a claustrophobic’s nightmare. Hundreds…

Rainbow Mountains, Arizona

They Really Exist: The Rainbow Mountains of Arizona

I’d seen pictures of the rainbow mountains of China and the strata of Iceland’s Landmannalaugar range, but nothing prepared me to step inside a rainbow on the border of Arizona and Utah. In fact, I didn’t know this landscape existed until I saw it for myself. In May, I booked a hike to White Pocket, Arizona. After an awe-inspiring day…

Chinese girl musician at Tianmen National Park, China

Watch My New Travel Film: China Split

It is a world of indomitable mountain ranges, centuries-old culture, and millions of selfie sticks. In October 2015, I spent three weeks in three cities — Shanghai, Zhangjiajie, and Guilin — sleeping in family-run B&Bs and eating local. I’m so excited to finally release my China film. It’s been 9 months in the making! I’ve…