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.

WHERE THE BUFFALO ROAM

Discover the New American West

Planning a trip to an American West that's greener, broader, more diverse, and more fun than ever.

02/26/2020 By Allison Williams

WESTERN EXPANSION

Tiny Cody, Wyoming, Invented the Wild West

Buffalo Bill built the town, and it's since erected a museum to new views...five times over.

02/26/2020 By Allison Williams

QUOTE UNQUOTE

Steve Pool's Forecast: Nothing But Blue Skies

"People only hear what they want to hear. 'It's gonna snow?!'"

02/25/2020 By Allison Williams

Exit Strategies

It's Easier Than Ever to Get the Heck Out of Seattle

We've got a new airport, better roads, and greener ferries on the way.

12/23/2019 By Allison Williams

QUOTE UNQUOTE

D’Vonne Pickett, Jr., Delivers a New Package Hub in the Central District

“I’ve always been one to blaze my own trail. I just feel like I’m built for it.”

11/26/2019 By Allison Williams

Ice Ice, Baby

Bozeman’s Frozen Waterfalls Are a Winter Playground

If you’re crazy enough to want to climb them, Montana’s sporty town is the perfect place for it.

11/26/2019 By Allison Williams

FRUIT OF THE BOOM

The Long-Awaited Cosmic Crisp Could Reshape Washington’s Apple Industry

Why this one apple’s debut is a big deal.

11/26/2019 By Allison Williams

STUFF OF LEGENDS

Four Seattle Stories. Four Historic Artifacts.

Souvenirs of the past.

11/26/2019 By Allison Williams

Women Making History

6 Seattle Luminaries on Their First Big Wins

From judicial prowess to championship bona fides.

11/26/2019 By Allison Williams, Allecia Vermillion, and Lily Hansen

The Early Years

3 Seattle Pioneers You Need to Know

How Lizzie Ordway, Emily Inez Denny, and Princess Angeline made their marks before the turn of the century.

11/26/2019 By Sam Jones, Allison Williams, and Rosin Saez

Local Lore

Lou Graham Was Seattle's Madam with the Mostest

Meet the brothel owner who helped fund the city's revival after the Great Fire of 1889.

11/26/2019 By Allison Williams

History Makers

8 Legacies That Visionary Women Gave Seattle

Among them: a tugboat enterprise, a life-saving children's hospital, a literature hub.

11/26/2019 By Allison Williams, Stefan Milne, Allecia Vermillion, and Lily Hansen

Cover Story

The 30 Women Who Shaped Seattle

Bold women have fashioned Seattle into someplace bigger, smarter, and more fun since the very beginning.

11/26/2019 Edited by Allison Williams

Cover Story

The 30 Women Who Shaped Seattle

From an LGBTQ pioneer whose brothel biz likely saved the city to Kshama Sawant’s minimum wage victory, bold women have fashioned Seattle into someplace bigge...

11/26/2019 Edited by Allison Williams

The Joy Next Door

With Waterfront Whimsy, Tacoma Is So Much More Than a Mini Seattle

Slides for adults, swimming with sharks. When did our neighbor get so cool?

10/22/2019 By Allison Williams

Quote Unquote

The Seahawks Dancers Have a Whole New Groove

“If you’re nervous about something, that just means that in your heart, you care about it.”

10/22/2019 By Allison Williams

COVER STORY

15 Enchanting Small-Town Getaways Across the Northwest

Escape Seattle for adventures in the hamlets of the Pacific Northwest.

09/24/2019 By Allison Williams

Cover Story

15 Enchanting Small-Town Getaways Across the Northwest

Escape Seattle for adventures in the hamlets of the Pacific Northwest—crammed with posh hotels, charming shops, and even a few ghosts.

09/24/2019 By Allison Williams

Everything Old Is New

7 Antique Stores to Seek Out in Snohomish

The postcard-perfect town offers the ideal ramble through cool old stuff.

09/24/2019 By Allison Williams

Hamlets 101

A Crash Course in Washington State’s Best-Known Burgs

From general vibes to must-sees, small towns in a nutshell.

09/24/2019 By Allison Williams