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.

OUTDOOR ESCAPES

Pacific Northwest Camping Guide: Camping Hacks

How do you deal with the particular peccadillos of a Pacific Northwest camping trip?

05/16/2014 By Allison Williams

Weekend Pass

Climb Every Mountain (or Take the Shortcut Instead)

Canada’s rock-climbing mecca of Squamish gets a sightseeing gondola. Is that good news?

05/01/2014 By Allison Williams

Scene in Seattle

Story Glory

In 16 cities nationwide, Moth StorySlam gives storytellers a shot on the basement stage to address a theme in a single, true narrative.

05/01/2014 By Allison Williams

City Trails

The Burke-Gilman Trail

The main drag from Ballard to Kenmore.

04/01/2014 By Allison Williams

City Trails

No Cars Allowed

Four city routes we want for bikers and walkers.

04/01/2014 By Allison Williams

Step By Step

Seattle Biking 101

Let's start at the very beginning: Here's how to find a bike, find a trail, and not break the law.

04/01/2014 By Allison Williams

City Trails

Elliott Bay Trail

Shore ride from Magnolia to downtown.

04/01/2014 By Allison Williams

City Trails

Ship Canal Trail

All most all the way around Lake Union from Fisherman's Terminal to Eastlake.

04/01/2014 By Allison Williams

Article

The Mountain Bikes Are Coming

Beacon Bike Park in the Cheasty Greenspace is set to open in June 2015. And the mountain bikers couldn't be happier.

04/01/2014 By Allison Williams

Healthy Kids

Network Interference

Obamacare is finally in full swing, but Washington state insurance plans don’t cover Seattle Children’s hospital. Won’t someone think of the kids?

04/01/2014 By Allison Williams

City Trails

Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park

A forest maze from Issaquah trailheads and back again.

04/01/2014 By Allison Williams

City Trails

Sammamish River Trail

Pastoral Picnics from Bothell to Redmond.

04/01/2014 By Allison Williams

City Trails

Cedar River Trail

Salmon and 737's from downtown Renton to Landsburg.

04/01/2014 By Allison Williams

Best of the City

Best City Trails

25 best places to run, walk, skate, hike, and bike, plus Seattle-born gear, and a yearlong calendar of trails to try outside the city limits.

04/01/2014 By Allison Williams

City Trails

Helmet Cam: Our Favorite Seattle Biking Videos

It’s like you’re there…only someone else is peddling.

03/21/2014 By Allison Williams

Transportation

The Waterfront Gondola is Really Happening (Probably)

The guy who built the Great Wheel is serious: He's putting a skyway through Union Street.

03/04/2014 By Allison Williams

The City Moves

The Waterfront Gondola is Really Happening (Probably)

The guy who built the Great Wheel is serious: He's putting a skyway through Union Street.

03/04/2014 By Allison Williams

NW Travel Dispatch

Spring 2014 Travel News

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

03/01/2014 By Allison Williams

Travel Shopping

Sub Pop Opening a Store in Sea-Tac Airport

We were into Concourse C way before anyone else had heard of it.

02/26/2014 By Allison Williams

Love Trip

Romantic Valentine's Day Travel: Where To Go For Every Relationship

Dating? Married? In a fight? We picked the best Northwest weekend trips for every kind of love.

02/10/2014 By Allison Williams