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.


Central Washington Road Trip

A getaway in Central Washington includes a visit to the Grand Coulee Dam, Steamboat Rock State Park, and Sun Lakes–Dry Falls State Park.

03/23/2012 By Allison Williams


British Columbia Road Trip

A British Columbia getaway includes a visit to the Capilano Suspension Bridge and Peak 2 Peak Gondola in Whistler.

03/23/2012 By Allison Williams


Road Trips 2012

The Northwest has the best stretches of blacktop in the world: We can cross mountain passes and trace deserted shoreline, even motor up to the world’s best farm-to-table feast. All it takes is a full tank.

03/23/2012 By Kathryn Robinson, Laura Dannen, and Allison Williams


Try This Trail: Heybrook Ridge

When you’re done climbing, take the stairs.

03/22/2012 By Allison Williams

Travel Ideas

Where to Go to Celebrate Easter

Travel to a blockbuster brunch or just torture some Peeps.

03/21/2012 By Allison Williams

Foodie Travel

It’s Almost Farm Dinner Season

Eat out this summer. Way out.

03/15/2012 By Allison Williams


Enchantments Lottery Ends Tonight

Forget cash—the big jackpot is a backpacking trek.

03/13/2012 By Allison Williams

Get Out

Cycle Party at Elliott Bay Bicycles

Celebrate America’s breakthrough pedal team.

03/08/2012 By Allison Williams

Get Out

Snowmobiling in Roslyn

An eco-minded novice gets a taste of snowmobiling in Roslyn.

03/07/2012 By Allison Williams


The Perfect Party

This month’s party guests: Yong Chun Kim, Amy Pennington, Michael Gspurning, Sarah Vowell, Sam Reed, and Danielle Custer.

03/07/2012 By Allison Williams

Books & Talks

Met Pick: Sarah Vowell at Neptune Theatre

The NPR wit has uncovered the feisty side of Puritans; with her latest book, she takes on Hawaii’s bloody past.

03/06/2012 By Allison Williams

Pet Travel

Dogs Are Especially Welcome in Yakima

Just don’t get your pooch drunk at a winery.

03/05/2012 By Allison Williams

Theme Travel

School Is in Session in Hood River

Learn a little something while on vacation.

03/01/2012 By Allison Williams

Cultural Travel

Portland Goes Rothko

Visit Rose City for a modern-art bonanza.

02/17/2012 By Allison Williams

Air Travel

Airports Are Getting Better

Airports offer yoga, frequent-flyer miles, and the holy grail: an easier trip through security.

02/13/2012 By Allison Williams

Visual Art Preview

Slideshow: Gauguin and Polynesia at Seattle Art Museum

The exhibit opens February 9—here’s a sneak peek.

02/08/2012 By Allison Williams

Foodie Travel

Tales of the Cocktail Returns to Vancouver

Get sauced north of the border.

02/07/2012 By Allison Williams


Washington’s Five Most Romantic Destinations

These places make us feel all cuddly inside.

02/01/2012 By Allison Williams


Seattle Symphony Announces New Season

Hum along if you’ve heard these before.

01/25/2012 By Allison Williams


The Perfect Party

This month’s party guests: Paula Clapp, Philip Eaton, Donald Byrd, Dave Isay, Robin Held, and Ali Tarhouni.

01/25/2012 By Allison Williams