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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Travel

Road Trips 2015

Five drives—and 23 destinations—to put you in the driver’s seat for adventure.

  • By Allison Williams
  • Published 09/22/2015

Destinations

Northwest Travel Dispatch, Fall 2015

Where you'll want to go, and what's happening there.

  • By Allison Williams
  • Published 08/27/2015

Three-Day Play

5 Destinations for Labor Day Weekend 2015

Don't labor through the last three-day weekend of summer.

  • By Allison Williams
  • Published 08/24/2015

I'm New Here

Debunking a Few Seattle Myths

Is everyone a die-hard liberal? And what about that "Seattle Freeze" thing?

  • By Allison Williams
  • Published 08/21/2015

I'm New Here

Guyo Dreams of Driving

For African refugee Fatumo Guyo, Seattle is a blur of graveyard shifts and a better life.

  • By Allison Williams
  • Published 08/20/2015

I'm New Here

How to Be Carless in Seattle

Car and bike shares, public transit, and—gasp—jaywalking around town.

  • By Allison Williams
  • Published 08/20/2015

I'm New Here

How to Pronounce Puyallup

How to really say local place names, including one that rhymes with “cocaine.”

  • By Allison Williams
  • Published 08/20/2015

The Columbia River

Where the Wild Things Are

A guide to the animals in and along the Columbia River.

  • By Allison Williams
  • Published 07/24/2015

The Columbia River

This Is What Washington’s Tiniest Ferry Looks Like

Who’s says there’s no such thing as a free ride?

  • By Allison Williams
  • Published 07/24/2015

The Columbia River

The Strange Song of Woody Guthrie

The ultimate folk balladeer immortalized Washington in “Roll On Columbia.”

  • By Allison Williams
  • Published 07/24/2015

The Columbia River

The Atomic Graveyard on the Hanford Reach

The Hanford Reach was the top-secret site of America’s biggest technological achievement—or one of its deadliest. Now it’s simultaneously a toxic dump and a pristine expanse of river.

  • By Allison Williams
  • Published 07/24/2015

The Columbia River

5 Ways to Boat Down the Columbia

Bring your own captain’s hat.

  • By Allison Williams
  • Published 07/24/2015

The Columbia River

Maya Lin Heard Something Here

The Vietnam War memorial artist is commemorating in her own way.

  • By Allison Williams
  • Published 07/24/2015

The Columbia River

Columbia River Caviar Might be Making a Comeback

All it takes is some prehistoric fish.

  • By Allison Williams
  • Published 07/24/2015

The Columbia River

Kiteboarding Sets Sail

But the Gorge-born sport isn’t taking the wind out of windsurfing.

  • By Allison Williams
  • Published 07/24/2015

The Columbia River

Where to Stay and Play

From the lake to the mouth, here's how to fill your itinerary on your next trip along the river.

  • By Allison Williams
  • Published 07/24/2015

The Columbia River

The Hardest Job on the Columbia

The giant ships of the Columbia River don't drive themselves.

  • By Allison Williams
  • Published 07/24/2015

The Columbia River

A Brief History of the Columbia River

Impress your friends on your next trip with some historical trivia.

  • By Allison Williams
  • Published 07/24/2015

Cover Story

The Complete Guide to the Columbia River

Where to hike, bike, paddle, stay, and eat along the state's mightiest waterway.

  • By Allison Williams
  • Published 07/20/2015

Weekend Pass

Summer City Getaways: Portland vs. Vancouver

North or south? Vancouver or Portland? If your idea of summer vacation is scorching sidewalks and urban energy, choose your own adventure.

  • By Allison Williams
  • Published 07/06/2015
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