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.

Ski Season

Will We Get Any Snow This Year?

Last season was one of the worst snow years on record. Can our state's ski hills weather the weather?

10/30/2015 By Allison Williams

Hotels

Local Rooms: Anderson School Is a Bothell Hotel Now

McMenamins turned the principal's office into a bar. Upgrade!

10/27/2015 By Allison Williams

Weekend Pass

The Old West Is Alive and Well in Pendleton, Oregon

There’s more to Oregon’s Old West town and its blankets than you thought.

10/26/2015 By Allison Williams

Light a Fire 2015

Acting Globally: Global Oncology at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

In just 2 years, Global Oncology has nearly doubled Uganda’s Burkitt lymphoma survival rate.

10/18/2015 By Allison Williams

Snow News

The Biggest Ski Mountain You've Never Heard Of

Does British Columbia want the Jumbo Glacier Resort, even if it's the best in the world?

10/13/2015 By Allison Williams

Road Trips

Rethinking Yakima Valley

The boom beyond the farms.

09/26/2015 By Allison Williams

Road Trips

Cat Skiing the Canadian Powder Highway

Even during one of the worst snow years in recent memory, we easily found untouched powder on these British Columbia mountains.

09/26/2015 By Allison Williams

Road Trips

A Night Ride on Long Beach

Get your ticket to the clam show.

09/26/2015 By Allison Williams

Road Trips

A Hot Springs Tour Through Central Oregon

Explore five geothermally heated springs that dot our neighboring state.

09/26/2015 By Allison Williams

Road Trips

Road Trip: Overlanding the Cascades

Where we're going, we don't need (real) roads.

09/26/2015 By Allison Williams

Travel

Road Trips 2015

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

09/22/2015 By Allison Williams

Destinations

Northwest Travel Dispatch, Fall 2015

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

08/27/2015 By Allison Williams

Three-Day Play

5 Destinations for Labor Day Weekend 2015

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

08/24/2015 By Allison Williams

I'm New Here

Debunking a Few Seattle Myths

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

08/21/2015 By Allison Williams

I'm New Here

Guyo Dreams of Driving

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

08/20/2015 By Allison Williams

I'm New Here

How to Be Carless in Seattle

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

08/20/2015 By Allison Williams

I'm New Here

How to Pronounce Puyallup

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

08/20/2015 By Allison Williams

The Columbia River

Where to Stay and Play on the Columbia River

From the lake to the mouth, make the most of your next trip along the river.

07/24/2015 By Allison Williams

The Columbia River

Where the Wild Things Are

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

07/24/2015 By Allison Williams

The Columbia River

This Is What Washington’s Tiniest Ferry Looks Like

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

07/24/2015 By Allison Williams