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

REMOTE ACCESS

Eastern Oregon’s Minam River Lodge Is Way Out There

Looking for a truly remote getaway? This place doesn't even have Wi-Fi.

02/26/2020 By Allison Williams

BRANDED BY BASQUES

How the Basques Found a Home in Nevada

Elko, Nevada's culture and culinary scene bear the clear mark of the European ethnic group.

02/26/2020 By Allison Williams

POET LARIAT

The National Cowboy Poetry Gathering Showcases the Spirit of the West

In Elko, Nevada, the creative and crafty side of the Old West thrives.

02/26/2020 By Allison Williams

LIGHTS, CAMERAS, COWBOYS

3 Western Movie Backdrops That Stun Off-Screen

Check out the sets of City Slickers, Planet of the Apes, and, uh, Back to the Future III.

02/26/2020 By Allison Williams

DESERTED

An Old Hollywood Set Is Becoming a Real Destination

Hollywood’s classic Western heroes built the mock village of Pioneertown in the California desert. Half a century later it’s been reborn.

02/26/2020 By Allison Williams

LAND BEFORE HOT TUBS

3 Montana Warm Springs Making Hot Tubs Look Bad

Montana’s best natural warm springs link leisure to landscape.

02/26/2020 By Allison Williams

A HORSE IS A HORSE

These Montana Dude Ranches Redefine 'Roughing It'

The dude ranch vacation has moved beyond city slickers cornpone to white-glove luxury.

02/26/2020 By Allison Williams

BORN-AGAIN BOOTS

Montana’s Canty Boots Updates the Classic Cowboy Style

These boots were made for reworking.

02/26/2020 By Allison Williams

Sustainable Slopes

Ski Sustainably on These Utah Slopes

In the face of climate change, Utah’s famed snow playgrounds are getting serious about green initiatives.

02/26/2020 By Allison Williams

COME TO THE DARK SIDE

Huntsville, Utah, Is All About Night Life

One Utah town is going beyond the green of environmentalism, straight to pitch black.

02/26/2020 By Allison Williams

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