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.

Destination: San Juan Island

Brunch Means Bibimbap at Friday Harbor House

Come for the seasonal fare and Korean fusion, stay for the revamped patio.

08/14/2018 By Allison Williams

Destination Dinner

Washington’s Best Ferry Feasts

Make a reservation (for your table, but probably also the boat) and set sail for some incredible meals.

08/14/2018 By Allecia Vermillion, James Ross Gardner, Rosin Saez, and Allison Williams

Legislative Lexicon

Bikes Get Stolen. Seattle’s Bike Community Strikes Back.

How victims of rampant theft are being reunited with their long-lost rides.

08/14/2018 By Allison Williams

Hipster Lodging

Local Hotels Have Personality in Order

Taking a local overnight got a lot more interesting.

08/14/2018 By Allison Williams

Adios, John Wayne

Introducing the Palouse to Cascades State Park Trail

The cross-state route has been reborn under a new name. Horse-drawn wagons still welcome.

07/17/2018 By Allison Williams

Game Plan

Which Washington State Park Should You Visit?

State park overload is real, but we can narrow it down for you.

07/17/2018 By Allison Williams Illustrations by Ryan Inzana

Adventure Ride

Ride at Lake Wenatchee

The lake offers a whole slew of activities, but its spectacular vista is best seen on horseback.

07/17/2018 By Allison Williams

Adventure Falls

Photograph at Palouse Falls

Whether a thunderous roar or cliffside icicle, the falls are an eastern Washington marvel.

07/17/2018 By Allison Williams

Adventure Dive

Dive at Saltwater

Rockfish, wolf eels, and a shipwreck await those willing to brave cold waters.

07/17/2018 By Allison Williams

Adventure Climb

Climb at Peshastin Pinnacles

Scale the crag—or hike a more solid footpath—for lush views of fruit orchards.

07/17/2018 By Allison Williams

Adventure Cave

Spelunk at Crawford

Tours at Gardner Cave show off stalagmites and underground pools—and offer Goonies vibes.

07/17/2018 By Allison Williams

State Park Adventures

Hike, Paddle, and Climb: 14 More State Parks to Explore

Kayaking, glamping, sledding. And that's just the start. You wouldn’t believe what Washington's state parks hold.

07/17/2018 By Allison Williams

Cover Story

29 Epic Washington State Park Adventures

Washington’s got more than 100 of them, and from half-acre grounds to cross-state trails, our state parks are a whole different kind of wild.

07/17/2018 By Allison Williams

Super Market Sweep

How to Do Pike Place in 30 Minutes or Less

Got out-of-town visitors? We've got the guide to showing them the sites.

06/19/2018 By Allison Williams Illustrations by Mike Holm

Cover Story

The Complete Revised Guide to Pike Place Market

Haven’t been in a while? The market remains ever a Seattle fixture, and yet there’s so much more to explore…

06/19/2018 By Stefan Milne, Rosin Saez, Allecia Vermillion, and Allison Williams

Travel, Eh?

25 Reasons to Visit British Columbia Right Now

There’s so much you didn’t know about Canada.

06/19/2018 By Allison Williams Illustrations by Ryan Snook

Civil Society

The Battle Over the Burke-Gilman Trail

Decades of fighting, lawsuits, and an altercation on the Ballard waterfront: How one little path divides a neighborhood.

06/19/2018 By Allison Williams

Cover Story

The Insider’s Guide to Pacific Northwest Hiking

Welcome to the age of next-level gear, dog rescue squads, and campsites with hot tubs—and a new list of do’s and don’ts. Dig in to our guide to the brave new world of playing outside.

05/22/2018 By Allison Williams

Tread Lightly

Trail Running Is Taking Over (and It's Not as Hard as You Think)

Sometimes running means walking.

05/22/2018 By Allison Williams

No Chihuahua Left Behind

Northwest Adventure Dogs Have Their Very Own Search and Rescue

Dog in danger? Call WASART at 425-681-5498. The policy: Call sooner rather than later.

05/22/2018 By Allison Williams