Jessica Peterson at Biltmore Mansion Estate, Asheville, North Carolina

Touring the Biltmore, America’s Largest Private Home

It’s 178,926 square feet with more than 250 rooms. Those stats alone are impressive, but don’t visit the Biltmore House just to gawk at its size. True, Biltmore House is the largest privately owned home in the U.S., but what’s more impressive is its preservation. Walking through the house feels like stepping into a time machine. Can’t…

Barcelo Bavaro Palace Deluxe, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Checking In: Barceló Bávaro Palace, Dominican Republic

Will it measure up to the pictures? Will it be quiet? And most importantly, will it be clean? Very rarely do I wonder if it will be big enough (I live in an Airstream trailer, ya’ll). A whopping 500 square-feet, the suite felt more like an apartment than a hotel room. With two bathrooms, two balconies,…

Jessica Peterson, girl in white jacket, standing outside Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

How the Trump Presidency Will Affect Travel Bloggers

I didn’t plan to write this post and I’m not happy that I need to. I’m also aware it will be misinterpreted, so please read it carefully. First of all, I’m non-partisan. I have long held the belief that politics only divide people. The 2016 election proves that more than ever. Clinton voters are protesting in 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…

Wasem Fruit Farm apple orchard, Milan, Michigan

21 Things to Eat, See & Do in Ann Arbor, Michigan

Would you believe my 15 Things to Do in Ann Arbor, Michigan is the most popular post on Global Girl Travels? After spending the summer in this hip, college town once again, I’ve got even more hand-picked recommendations for things to eat, see, and do. Adding to my original list, here are 21 things to keep you entertained…

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…