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.

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Archie McPhee Founder Mark Pahlow Takes Kidding Around Very Seriously

“What’s the right level of absurdity and contrariness that might make this work?”

09/24/2019 By Allison Williams

Magical Mystery Tour

Would You Let Strangers Send You Anywhere in the World?

Local travel company Explorer X will build a custom mystery trip—one designed to transform your life.

08/20/2019 By Allison Williams

Beyond Canapes

Consider the Caterers: When Party Food Goes Pro

Outsourcing the food is a no-brainer, but where to order the platter is not.

08/20/2019 By Allison Williams

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Seattle Public Schools Nutrition Director Aaron Smith Is Rewriting the Menu

“To walk into that cafeteria and be greeted with a smile…that could make a world of a difference.”

08/20/2019 By Allison Williams

Get the Dirt

10 Best Hikes at Mount Rainier National Park

A totally subjective list from a lifelong Rainier hiker.

07/23/2019 By Allison Williams

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Film Director Lynn Shelton Will Always Pick Seattle Over Hollywood

"I love Seattle so much. I much prefer the green here, the gray, the skies, the clouds, the water, a new vista. Seattle sort of ruined me for anywhere else."

07/23/2019 By Allison Williams

Fixing Paradise

An Inside Look at the Paradise Inn Remodel

After a $24.5 million, two-year renovation, the classic Rainier hotel reopened in May 2019.

07/23/2019 By Allison Williams

School of Thought

A Small-Town Schoolhouse Gets New Life as a Creative Arts Center

Artists and writers use vintage classrooms to uncover a new side of Rainier.

07/23/2019 By Allison Williams

Bight Size

This Mountain Gear Was Born on Rainier

Peter Whittaker used the mountain to develop the perfect outdoor outfits.

07/23/2019 By Allison Williams

From the Outside In

12 Ways to Do Rainier Without Actually Entering the National Park

Beyond the park boundaries sits a wealth of small-town charm, not to mention lesser-known hikes and stellar views.

07/23/2019 By Allison Williams

Heart of the Mountain

Mount Rainier's Unseen Side Is Otherworldly

A whole labyrinth of caves lies beneath the surface of the active volcano.

07/23/2019 By Allison Williams

Wild Cards

A Guide to Rainier's Rare Flora and Fauna

Bears, marmots, big leafy ferns? That’s everyday stuff at Mount Rainier National Park. Hold out for a sight of these lesser-seen species.

07/23/2019 By Allison Williams

Get High

Meet Rainier's Temporary Town at 10,000 Feet

A day and a night at Camp Muir, home base for climbers, guides, and rangers, halfway up a volcano.

07/23/2019 By Allison Williams

A Time Before Rainier

Should Mount Rainier Revert to Its Original Moniker?

Local Indian tribes lived around a mountain they called Tahoma for centuries, and their legacy struggles to hold on.

07/23/2019 By Allison Williams

Open Secrets

The Top Things to See and Do Inside Mount Rainier National Park

More than two million people visited the park last year. How does a first-timer tackle its 369 square miles?

07/23/2019 By Allison Williams

Cover Story

The Secrets of Mount Rainier

The uncrowded campsites, tucked-away trails, rare wildlife, and hidden histories inside the crown jewel of the Cascades.

07/23/2019 By Allison Williams

Wild Life

Ballard's Ascent Outdoors Is Back from the Dead

The sudden April closure was a shock, but a local mountain guide is resurrecting the outdoor retail shop.

06/26/2019 By Allison Williams

Dock Watchers

Where to Spot Seattle's Most Venerable Vessels

These seven boats have illustrious histories.

05/29/2019 By Allison Williams Illustrations by Jane Sherman

Cannonball

Great Swimming Holes within 2 Hours of Seattle

You don’t even need a boat for water hijinks—just hit the road to the region’s best swimming holes.

05/29/2019 By Allison Williams

Sailor Chic

6 Ways to Get the Nautical Look in Seattle

Seattle shops work that 'Gilligan’s Island' style.

05/29/2019 By Allison Williams