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.

Get Out

Eat and Pedal Your Ass Off at Seattle Century

Biking tastes a lot like dinner on the annual catered ride.

07/28/2011 By Allison Williams

Weekend Pass

Wenatchee a Top 10 Spot for Retirement

You don’t have to be drawing Social Security to kick back.

07/26/2011 By Allison Williams

Article

Insider’s Guide to Olympic National Park: Poet of the Park

Tim McNulty serves as unofficial poet laureate of Olympic National Park.

07/22/2011 By Allison Williams

Article

Insider’s Guide to Olympic National Park: Art of the Park

Peter Malarkey, Steve Davis, Eirik Johnson, and N.P. Bank Note Company present the Olympic Peninsula through different lens.

07/22/2011 By Allison Williams

Article

Insider’s Guide to Olympic National Park: The Marmot Brigade

This summer, more than 100 volunteers will scour Olympic National Park for evidence of Marmota olympus, our own special marmot.

07/22/2011 By Allison Williams

Article

Insider’s Guide to Olympic National Park: Places to Stay in the Park

The best places to stay in Olympic National Park.

07/22/2011 By Allison Williams

Article

Insider’s Guide to Olympic National Park: Park Trails You Don’t Know

The best hiking trails you don’t know in Olympic National Park.

07/22/2011 By Allison Williams

Article

Insider’s Guide to Olympic National Park

What you need to know and where you need to go in Olympic National Park, Washington State’s most popular park, including best hiking trails, campground tips, hotels, and a map.

07/22/2011 By Allison Williams

Olympic National Park

Insider’s Guide to Olympic National Park: Summer Things to Do

Stargaze at Hurricane Ridge, swim in the mineral pools of the Sol Duc Valley, or rock climb Mount Cruiser.

07/22/2011 By Allison Williams

Olympic National Park

Follow the Park Ranger (On a Bear Hunt)

Olympic National Park ranger Susannah “Sanny” Lustig leads us on a bear hunt.

07/22/2011 By Allison Williams

Driving

I-5 Loves the Electric Car

Charging stations open up electric travel to Canada and Portland.

07/14/2011 By Allison Williams

Advice

Travel Tip from a Travel Agent

You think, as a Seattle resident, that you can handle a little rain. Maybe you can’t.

07/08/2011 By Allison Williams

Weekend Pass

Vancouver hosts Summer Live in Stanley Park

Go to Canada for the donuts, stay for the free Neko Case and New Pornographers.

07/08/2011 By Allison Williams

Museum Event

Watch the Final Space Shuttle Launch at the Museum of Flight

Set your alarm clocks now, because liftoff is during breakfast.

07/01/2011 By Allison Williams

Get Out

Does Snow on the Trail Get You (to Fall) Down?

Check out these bare trails if you’re tired of slipping and sliding.

06/30/2011 By Allison Williams

Deals

Free Rental Car with a Flight to Port Angeles

If your stomach can handle a small plane, your wallet can handle the rest.

06/28/2011 By Allison Williams

Deals

Save a Few Bucks on Fourth of July Plans

Skip town and score some deals on the next holiday weekend.

06/24/2011 By Allison Williams

Article

Trail of the Month: Snow Lake

Despite the campsites and old cabin ruins just off the trail, not to mention the throng of hikers, there remains some untamed charm at Snow Lake, one of Snoqualmie Pass’s most photogenic wilderness sites.

06/24/2011 By Allison Williams

Article

Northwest Food Lover Getaways

Chicken farming for beginners, foraging in the San Juans, biking through farm country, river rafting cooking school, and tons more Northwest culinary getaways for people who really like to eat.

06/24/2011 By Allison Williams

Local Sites

Is Kurt Cobain Park a Tourist Trap?

Neighbors deal with Nirvana fans flocking to where the frontman died.

06/21/2011 By Allison Williams