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.

Article

How to Take the Ultimate Mount Rainier Photo

How Pros Photograph the Mountain

07/19/2012 With Bruce Barcott, Craig Romano, and Charlotte Austin By Allison Williams

Article

Insider’s Guide to Mount Rainier National Park

Whether you look for the wildflowers on paved trails, climb to the peak, or view from afar, Mount Rainier looms as our most iconic natural landmark.

07/19/2012 With Bruce Barcott, Craig Romano, and Charlotte Austin By Allison Williams

Sea Travel

The Coachella Festival Is Now a Cruise

The chill-out tent is to starboard.

07/18/2012 By Allison Williams

Peak Performance

The Brothers Whittaker

Whenever we play in the mountains, we owe a debt to Jim and Lou Whittaker. The Seattle twins conquered Mount Rainier and REI, and made mountaineering the Northwest’s signature sport.

07/18/2012 By Allison Williams

Contest

Hurry, Win This Central Asia Trip from SAAM

You can figure out where Uzbekistan is later.

07/17/2012 By Allison Williams

Tourism

Inside Seattle’s New Great Wheel

We’ve been up and around, even inside the VIP car.

07/09/2012 By Allison Williams

Weekend Pass

Fine Dining Destinations in Olympia

Restaurants like Bread Peddler and Waterstreet Cafe prove fine dining is thriving in Olympia.

06/20/2012 By Allison Williams

Article

The Perfect Party

This month's party guests: Gregory Schneider, Meghan McCain, Snoop Dogg, Hope Solo, Darran Bruce, and J. A. Jance.

06/20/2012 By Allison Williams

Article

In Olympia, It’s Still the Water

A weekend getaway reveals Olympia is different—same as it ever was.

06/20/2012 By Allison Williams

Local Sights

Seattle Great Wheel Opens June 28 (Tentatively) [UPDATED]

Our Ferris wheel finally looks like a Ferris wheel.

06/06/2012 By Allison Williams

Fishing

It’s Copper River Salmon Season

They’re spilling into Sea-Tac, but you can catch your own.

05/18/2012 By Allison Williams

Article

How to Buy a Bike

Seattle bike experts on how to buy a bike.

05/18/2012 By Allison Williams and Amanda Zurita With Brian Colella, Emily Dhatt, Jessie Wesley, Anne Larkin, and Nicole Fancher

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Bike Routes: Off Road

Seattle's best off road bike trails: Tiger Mountain, Big Finn Hill and 
Saint Edward Parks, I-5 Colonnade Mountain Bike Park, Middle Fork Snoqualmie River Trail, South Fork Snoqualmie Area, Tolt Pipeline Trail.

05/18/2012 By Allison Williams and Amanda Zurita With Brian Colella, Emily Dhatt, Jessie Wesley, Anne Larkin, and Nicole Fancher

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Washington Bike Towns

Great biking weekend getaways: Castle Rock, Lopez Island, Republic, Richland, and Winthrop.

05/18/2012 By Allison Williams With Brian Colella, Amanda Zurita, Emily Dhatt, Jessie Wesley, Anne Larkin, and Nicole Fancher

Get Out

Seattle's Paved Bike Routes

More and more, the best way to get around this city and the surrounding area is self-propelled, and on two wheels. Here are 6 trails to encourage you even more.

05/18/2012 By Allison Williams