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.

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


I-5 Loves the Electric Car

Charging stations open up electric travel to Canada and Portland.

07/14/2011 By Allison Williams


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


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


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


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


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


Fill the Gap at Beachfront Seabrook Cottages

Grab a deal on in-between days at the planned community.

06/15/2011 By Allison Williams

Travel News

Tall Ships Set Sail for Summer

Play pirate as replica ships hit Puget Sound’s high seas.

06/14/2011 By Allison Williams

Film Preview

Company Goes from Stage to Screen

Finally, we get to see Neil Patrick Harris and Stephen Colbert do Sondheim.

06/14/2011 By Allison Williams

Get Out

Time to Buy Your Trail Passes

What you need, where to get it, and when you can get in for free.

06/10/2011 By Allison Williams


La Conner Wants to Serve You Dinner

Score dinner and a room at Taste of La Conner.

06/08/2011 By Allison Williams

Travel News

Bellevue Shows Off a New Travel Site

There’s even stuff for locals.

06/07/2011 By Allison Williams

TV Recaps

Investigating The Killing: Episode 11

Take a break from your regularly scheduled murder show.

06/06/2011 By Allison Williams


Travel Tip from…a DMV worker?

We got really useful info from the unhappiest place on earth.

06/03/2011 By Allison Williams

Get Out

Run and Walk for Breast Cancer this Weekend

Think pink at the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.

06/02/2011 By Allison Williams