Senior Editor

Since joining Seattle Met in 2011, Allison Williams has overseen the magazine’s travel and outdoor coverage, including deep dives into Olympic National Park, the Columbia River, and a Burger King drive-thru in Canada. She edits the travel-focused blog Tripster and contributes service, news, interview, and narrative pieces to the magazine, including long-form features about mountain mysteries and puppies in prison. She’s earned awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and been nominated for a City and Regional Magazine award. 

Allison was raised here in Olympia and studied writing at Duke University, Oxford University, Columbia Journalism School, and University of Alaska. She began her career in New York City in the newsrooms of Metro newspaper and Time Out New York, then hightailed it back to her native habitat so she could write guidebooks and climb mountains.

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Day Trips

A Full Day in Olympia

Just an hour's drive south, spend a day in Washington's capital city tasting moonshine, touring government buildings, and shooting guns—not necessarily in that order.

  • By Allison Williams
  • Published 09/19/2016

Day Trips

20 Northwest Day Trips to Make the Most of Fall

Fall foliage, haunted parks, enchanted islands, unforgettable museums—all less than two hours from Seattle.

  • By Allison Williams
  • Published 09/19/2016

Day Trips

A Full Day in Port Townsend

Prepare to be charmed: Washington state’s quaint Victorian seaport is less than two hours from Seattle—and that includes time spent gazing out at the water on the ferry ride.

  • By Allison Williams
  • Published 09/19/2016

Day Trips

A Full Day in Tacoma

Parasailing, classic cars and historic boats, and a bevy of eclectic bars and restaurants: Our neighbor city to the south is more than just a constant traffic jam.

  • By Allison Williams
  • Published 09/19/2016

Getaways

27 Perfect Day Trips From Seattle

Explore the wonderful, nearby corners of the Pacific Northwest. Seattle will be here when you get back.

  • By Allison Williams
  • Published 09/15/2016

Beachy Creatures

What the Wild Things Are

Keep an eye out for these coastal critters on your next beach visit.

  • By Allison Williams
  • Published 07/20/2016

Uniquely Northwest

The 4 Kinds of Washington Beach Days

Illustrations by the Brave Union

  • By Allison Williams
  • Published 07/20/2016

Breaking Waves

Meet the Makah Surfers Who Shred in Their Own Backyard

Which just happens to be one of the state's best surf beaches.

  • By Allison Williams
  • Published 07/20/2016

Sunsetology

What Makes Our Coastal Sunsets So Gorgeous?

There’s no such thing as a sunset expert, but University of Washington atmospheric sciences and geophysics professor Steve Warren is pretty close.

  • By Allison Williams
  • Published 07/20/2016

Get Out

The State's Best Beaches Are Hard to Reach...But That’s What Makes Them Great

Getting to the good stuff: The journey makes the destination even more rewarding.

  • By Allison Williams
  • Published 07/20/2016

Get Out

Washington's 21 Best Beaches

Sunbathing, swimming, hiking, kite-flying...we found the state's 21 best stretches of sand for all of it.

  • By Allison Williams
  • Published 07/20/2016

Insider's Guide

Washington's Best Beaches

21 vacations on the sand, plus a bushwacking trip to the hard-to-reach beaches, badass Makah surfers, and whats up with the state’s weird sea stars and severed feet.

  • By Allison Williams
  • Published 07/15/2016

Food Lovers Guide

Chefs Who Fish (But Don't Eat What They Catch)

The city’s best seafood chefs are crazy about fishing—just not for dinner.

  • By Allison Williams
  • Published 06/23/2016

Local Food

The Food Lovers Guide 2016

Amazing food is all around us. Here’s how to get your hands on it.

  • By Kyle Kuhn, Caroline Ferguson, Allecia Vermillion, Allison Williams, and Kathryn Robinson
  • Published 06/22/2016

Get Out of Town

Northwest Travel Dispatch, Summer 2016

Where, why, and how to take a summer vacation.

  • By Allison Williams
  • Published 06/21/2016

Ongoing Sagas

Whatever Happened to SeaTac's $15 Minimum Wage?

Good question, but it’s tough to answer because the story is still evolving.

  • By Allison Williams
  • Published 05/24/2016

Secrets of Sea-Tac

Seattle's Airline Wars: Alaska Versus Delta

Delta chases Alaska, Alaska takes Virgin: Is the hometown airline the hunter or the prey?

  • By Allison Williams
  • Published 05/24/2016

Secrets of Sea-Tac

9 Last-Minute Airport Gift Ideas

Please don't buy those Sleepless in Seattle pajamas.

  • By Allison Williams
  • Published 05/24/2016

Secrets of Sea-Tac

Delayed Flight? Here's How to Pass the Time

What to do when you're stranded at Sea-Tac.

  • By Allison Williams
  • Published 05/24/2016

Secrets of Sea-Tac

The Best Nonstop Flights from Seattle

Three of Sea-Tac's newest direct flights, and three other airports you should be using.

  • By Allison Williams
  • Published 05/24/2016
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