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.

Olympics 101

First Time in the Olympic Peninsula? Here's What to See.

Scenic vistas, stunning beach walks, and main street strolls: Here's what should be on any first-timer's to-do list.

07/20/2017 By Allison Williams

Northwest Travel

Secrets of the Olympic Peninsula: 25 Hidden Gems Waiting Across the Sound

From forgotten history to fresh-from-the-farm cider to a valley of 10,000 waterfalls, there's so much to discover in our state's greenest corner.

07/20/2017 By Allison Williams

Feature

The Kings of Suicide Hill: Inside the Famous—and Deadly—Omak Stampede

It’s called The World Famous Suicide Race, a harrowing horseback contest between Native American riders in Washington’s most infamous rodeo. This year, one teenager has four days to defend a way of life and keep a family legacy alive.

07/17/2017 By Allison Williams

Stargazer's Guide

Ain't No Party Like a Table Mountain Star Party

This one goes all night long. (How could it not?)

06/12/2017 By Allison Williams

Are We All Gonna Die?

A Guide to August's Rare Total Solar Eclipse

Be ready: It's the first in the continental U.S. since 1979, and won't occur again until 2024.

06/12/2017 By Allison Williams

Meet the Neighbors

Amazon Invites a Homeless Shelter Inside Its South Lake Union Campus

Mary’s Place gets an unprecedented gift: six floors of a brand-new office building, next door to tech offices.

06/12/2017 By Allison Williams

Galaxy Quests

A Stargazer’s Guide to the Pacific Northwest

Everything you need to know about what’s up in the sky, including how to view August’s historic solar eclipse.

06/11/2017 By Allison Williams

Summer Escapes

Washington's Best Cabins and Cottages

Welcome to the great indoors, where the state’s best tinybungalows and spacious chalets await—plus a few yurts and houseboats for good measure. This summer, explore hard but sleep in style.

05/15/2017 By Allison Williams

Eye Candy

Architect Tom Kundig Is the King of Cabin Porn

Here are some of his favorite photogenic creations.

05/15/2017 By Allison Williams

Northwest Travel

15 Amazing Northwest Cabin Destinations

Bungalows, chalets, yurts...escape the Seattle bustle for a few nights in these cozy dwellings.

05/15/2017 By Allison Williams

That Cabin Life

What Does It Take to Score a Dream Cabin in Washington?

We did our own little House Hunters trek to find out.

05/15/2017 By Allison Williams

Cabins & Cottages

The Best Washington State Park Cabins

Some are simple, some are surprising, and all sit on public land—and that means they rent for cheap.

05/14/2017 By Allison Williams

Weird Washington

Take a Day Trip to North Bend—the Real Twin Peaks

It was just a little cult TV show a quarter century ago, but Twin Peaks' aesthetic came to define North Bend. Now that the series is back, the sleepy suburb is back in the spotlight.

04/18/2017 By Allison Williams

Seattle Pet Guide

Seattle’s Best Doggie Day Cares, Parks, Pet Sitters, and More

How to keep your fuzzy, furry friends happy on every occasion.

04/17/2017 By Allison Williams Illustrations by Kiki Kita

Banned in the USA

We The People: Meet Six Immigrants from the Six Countries on Trump's Travel Ban List

Some have been here for decades, others for just a few weeks. All felt the impact of the executive order acutely.

04/17/2017 By James Ross Gardner, Rianna Hidalgo, Hayat Norimine, and Allison Williams Photography by Brandon Hill

Seattle Pet Guide

Trending Now: High-End Pet Travel and Marijuana for Dogs

Massage and Canna-treats are the newest ways we're pampering our animals.

04/17/2017 By Allison Williams

Pets

The Seattle Pet-Owner's Guide

From play places to cat cafes to pet psychics, here’s everything an animal lover needs to know.

04/17/2017 By Allison Williams

Seattle Pet Guide

Why Is It So Hard to Open a Cat Cafe?

Coffee and kitties are a dream come true—but turning that combination into a business is way harder than you might think.

04/17/2017 By Allison Williams

Seattle Pet Guide

What's the Deal with Dogs at Bars?

The city loves its pooches and its pours, but a place with both at once is as elusive as a speakeasy.

04/17/2017 By Allison Williams