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.

flaked out

Snow Blocks Many Trails as Summer Hiking Season Begins

High snowfall means that it still looks like winter in Pacific Northwest mountains; here's how to stay safe and find the dirt.

06/23/2022 By Allison Williams

On Belay

Outdoor Rock Climbing Near Seattle

Break out the ropes and racks to climb Washington’s natural crags. Plus: The dirt behind the storyteller who created climbing's biggest podcast.

06/15/2022 By Allison Williams

Rover Road Trip

Best Northwest Hotels to Visit with Dogs

Some overnight trips are a little furrier: The best Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and British Columbia hotels that allow dogs.

06/14/2022 By Allison Williams

Sport

Best Seattle Rock Climbing Gyms

Our indoor crags boast sky-high fake rocks and some of the best bouldering in the country. Plus: Seattle's best free outdoor rock climbing spots.

06/06/2022 By Allison Williams

American Alps

The Insider's Guide to Visiting North Cascades National Park

Where to hike, camp, and explore in the most remote and possibly most spectacular public lands in Washington state.

06/02/2022 By Allison Williams

Growth Potential

The Tiny Mountain Town of Mazama Gets a Little Bigger

Methow Valley residents rallied to raise a new brew pub in their small settlement. But is the quiet corner of the Cascades ready for big time tourism?

05/27/2022 By Allison Williams

Mini Break

Where to Go for Long Weekends from Seattle

From Memorial Day to Labor Day, summer is full of extra Mondays and Fridays off work. Here are the best three-day weekend trips in the Pacific Northwest.

05/26/2022 By Allison Williams

home screen

Best Phone Apps for Hiking and Camping

Your smartphone may be your best tool outdoors when deep in the Cascades or on a lonely Olympic beach—and not just for the camera.

05/25/2022 By Allison Williams

Map Quest

The Long Road Trip Down Long Beach

Wander through 30 miles of southwest Washington for beach walking, kiteflying, and history, starting at Leadbetter Point State Park.

05/23/2022 By Allison Williams

Outdoorsy

The Subtle Shifts of the REI Co-op

As the annual sale kicks off at the Seattle-based outdoor recreation chain, REI has undergone small but notable changes.

05/20/2022 By Allison Williams

Fruit Forward

The Complete Guide to Pacific Northwest Berries

How we eat and harvest our local fruits, from strawberries to huckleberries and everything sweet in between. Plus: The best fields to pick berries.

05/19/2022 By Allison Williams Photography by Carlton Canary

Short Stops

A Small-Town Coffee Shop Flourishes Deep in the Cascades

Sky River Coffee set up in an old Skykomish hotel to bridge history and community, just a little over an hour's drive from Seattle

05/18/2022 By Allison Williams

Green Machine

Jim Stewart Allen, aka Broccoli Guy, Is Seattle's Biggest Sports Fan

Who's that guy waving broccoli at Mariners and Seahawks games? With a bunch in each hand, Seattle's biggest sports fan has become a staple in the stands.

05/13/2022 By Allison Williams

Salty Salish

Guide to Tide Pooling and Beach Combing around Seattle

Your guide to wandering our beaches at low tide and what to do with the sea life you find there.

05/12/2022 By Allison Williams

Northern Exposure

Highway 20 Opens This Week in the North Cascades

The first sign of mountain spring in Washington is when our northernmost cross-state highway opens, easing access to the Methow Valley and Lake Chelan.

05/09/2022 By Allison Williams

Now What

The Blue State Flail

It feels weird to know things won’t change much in Seattle when Roe v. Wade falls. So other than attend protests and donate to the cause, what do we do?

05/05/2022 By Allison Williams

Pedal Power

The Best Bicycle and Skate Shops in Seattle

Wheels are life—and the city is full of places to keep us rolling.

05/04/2022 By Allison Williams

Outdoorsy

How to Plan Your First Backpacking Trip in Washington

Your complete guide to planning your first trip, where to find gear in Seattle, and how everyone can hit the trail for an outdoor overnight.

05/02/2022 By Allison Williams

Gear Up

The Best Outdoor Gear and Clothing Stores in Seattle

The best stores to shop for the backpacks, hiking boots, paddleboards, and rain jackets a Northwesterner needs, from REI to Evo to Dick's Sporting Goods.

04/29/2022 By Allison Williams

Outdoorsy

How to Plan Your First Camping Trip in Washington

Find out which campsites to go to, what gear you need, and why the great outdoors of the Pacific Northwest is for everyone, even if it's your first time.

04/26/2022 By Allison Williams