Meet Our Ambassadors



Emily Taylor, all things outdoors

Emily Taylor

Emily has been capturing experiences for Visit USA Parks since 2017. Though she’s a Colorado gal at heart, her thirst for travel has taken her to the tip of South America, through the flavors of Southeast Asia, and all over the American West. Her photography and writing make for a colorful re-creation of her adventures. Emily loves deep backcountry explorations and mountain biking the most, but she’s up for anything outdoors!

Erika Land, global roadtripper

Erika Land

Erika is quite the outdoor enthusiast, dog lover and a digital nomad who spends most of her time in the American West. As a girl growing up in Colorado she is most passionate about road tripping America and backpacking Europe. Her favorite part of the work is to capture random authentic travel moments and is not hesitant traveling the extra mile to South America, Europe and also throughout rural America to find them.

Tobey Schmidt, adventure photographer + foodie

Tobey Schmidt

Tobey has a love for all things outdoors—rock climbing, paddling, mountain biking, canyoneering—you name it. There’s a lot of ground to in the U.S., but she’s making her way through it all, from Alaska to Arizona. Recently she’s been expanding her travel outside the country and is excited to take her skills of photography and adventure into new places. Tobey specializes in digital content strategy, photography, and social media.

Whitney James, adventure seeker

Whitney James

With a passion for telling stories about travel and the great outdoors, Whitney is all about creating adventure in our own backyards. Previously the managing editor of Outside Magazine’s Summer Buyer’s Guide, Whitney has also written for publications like REI, Adventure Journal, Huckberry, and beyond. She enjoys inspiring others to travel and shares her outdoor experiences from a relatable, everyday perspective. Based in Colorado and a self-described endorphin junkie, she enjoys pedaling her mountain bike both up and down local trails as well as getting even farther off the beaten path on horseback. Her favorite adventure to date was the time she visited seven national parks in seven days on an epic road trip from Colorado to Nevada, camping at each along the way.

David Rule, world explorer

David Rule

David is a freelance travel photographer and filmmaker. He’s from the mountain town of Pinedale, Wyoming, but spends most of his days traveling the world. His work has allowed him to visit 12 countries and counting. Aside from photography, some of David’s favorite activities include distance running, cliff jumping, playing trombone, and just about anything outdoors.

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