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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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

21 of Washington's Best Beaches

Sunbathing, swimming, hiking, kite-flying...we found the state's 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

Secrets of Sea-Tac

Does Seattle Need a Second Airport?

The idea has long been floated, and it’s finally, probably, a reality.

  • By Allison Williams
  • Published 05/24/2016

The Sea-Tac You Don’t See

Photos: Behind Sea-Tac Airport's Locked Doors

More than 19,000 people go to work in the airport, fueling 737s, shining shoes, and hauling the 50-pound Samsonite monster you checked. We snuck behind some of the roped-off areas to see Sea-Tac at work.

  • By Allison Williams and Mike Kane
  • Published 05/24/2016

Insider's Guide

Secrets of Sea-Tac

You love the airport, you hate the airport, and now with Seattle Met’s complete guide, you can truly survive the airport.

  • By Matt Halverson, Allecia Vermillion, and Allison Williams
  • Published 05/23/2016

Camping 101

Creatures of the Forest: What Should and Shouldn’t Make You Wary

Wildlife is the best part of camping. What is there to be scared of?

  • By Allison Williams
  • Published 04/27/2016

Camping 101

Gourmet Camp Meals: Not as Difficult as They Look

Ruby McConnell says the quality of Northwest produce, there’s no reason to bring anything freeze dried.

  • By Allison Williams
  • Published 04/27/2016
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