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.

Rejuvenation Vacation

These Resorts Bring Wellness to the Oregon Coast

Rejuvenate at DIY retreats at Salishan Resort and the new Headlands Coastal Lodge.

9:00am By Allison Williams

Branching Out

Larch Season Is Finally Here

And it's already almost over. The Cascade color show is as spectacular as it is ephemeral, so the gold rush is on.

10/03/2018 By Allison Williams

Bumbershoot Blunder

Debunking a Few Seattle Myths

What exactly is the Seattle Freeze? And why does nobody carry an umbrella?

09/21/2018 By Allison Williams

Seattle Lexicon

How to Pronounce Puyallup

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

09/21/2018 By Allison Williams

Surpass Spotify

The Regional Radio Stations You Need to Know Before Hitting the Road

Rediscover the radio dial—it’s that thing above the USB port—by tuning into Northwest stations with local flavor.

09/11/2018 By Allison Williams

East Side Story

Spokane Boasts a Cultural History All Its Own

Washington's second largest city tempts visitors across the Cascades with breweries, street art, and reasonable prices.

09/11/2018 By Allison Williams

Speedy Sightseeing

How to Take a Road Trip on a Time Crunch

These seven destinations are a mere two hours (or less!) from Seattle.

09/11/2018 By Allison Williams

Roadside Mishaps

What Could Go Wrong on Your Dream Road Trip?

When life derails a road trip, it just makes for a better story. But even then, we’ve got you covered.

09/11/2018 By Allison Williams

Insta-Worthy Stops

The Prettiest Road Trip in the Pacific Northwest

Stop at these pullouts along North Cascades Highway for views of the most spectacular geography this side of Alaska.

09/11/2018 By Allison Williams

Drinking Age

Vineyard Town McMinnville Holds Fast to Authenticity

The wine scene has changed since vineyards popped up in McMinnville during 1960s, but the town still has its old charms.

09/11/2018 By Allison Williams

Get on the Bus

#VanLife in Real Life

From retro Vanagons to the high-end Mercedes Metris, roadside detours just got a lot more comfortable.

09/11/2018 By Allison Williams

Cover Story

15 Picture-Perfect Road Trips

Even when it’s not what you expect, Pacific Northwest highways lead to vacation perfection.

09/11/2018 Edited by Allison Williams By Stefan Milne, Hayat Norimine, and Allecia Vermillion

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