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.

Theater Preview

Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson Arrives in Seattle

It's a rock musical about the seventh U.S. president, and oh yeah—it's rather naughty.

08/31/2012 By Allison Williams


Perfect Party

Here’s who we’d invite to a dinner party if we could entertain September’s most interesting visitors, locals, and newsmakers.

08/21/2012 By Allison Williams

Talk Back

You Tell Us: What's the Best Northwest Getaway?

Send us your picks. You might see them in the October issue of Seattle Met!

08/14/2012 By Allison Williams

Air Travel

Alaska Airlines Had a Rough Week

What's up with the angry passengers, cabin emergency, and (eek) a hole in the wing?

08/10/2012 By Allison Williams

Mountain Time

Mount Rainier Camp Is Getting a Makeover

Halfway up the state's highest mountain, Camp Muir will become a little less industrial.

08/02/2012 By Allison Williams

Get Out

Where to Buy Hiking Maps

Where you can (and can't) find topographical maps for your next outdoor adventure.

08/01/2012 By Allison Williams

Travel Books

Fifty Shades of Grey Is the New Hotel Bible

Instead of the Gideon, there may be a BDSM novel in your hotel room's bedside table. Upgrade?

07/30/2012 By Allison Williams

London 2012

When Art Was an Olympic Event

If the Games hadn't changed, Chuck Close could have been on Team USA next to Michael Phelps.

07/27/2012 By Allison Williams

Sports Drinking

Seattle Bars Showing the Olympics

You may not be able to go to London, but that doesn't mean you can't watch Michael Phelps from a comfy bar.

07/27/2012 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.

07/27/2012 By Kathryn Robinson, Laura Dannen, and Allison Williams

Air Travel

All Nippon Airlines Launches Seattle-Tokyo Service

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner will fly on the route, but not until October.

07/26/2012 By Allison Williams

Insider's Guide

1962 World's Fair

Fifty years ago, the 1962 World’s Fair did more than just celebrate global culture. It put Seattle on display, inspired world leaders, and erected a certain needle-shaped tower. A look at the 184 days that changed Seattle—and the world—forever.

07/25/2012 With Kathryn Robinson, Matthew Halverson, Laura Cassidy, Christopher Werner, Laura Dannen, Brian Colella, Allecia Vermillion, and Janet Pelz By James Ross Gardner and Allison Williams

International Travel

Chocolate Treats Cause Canadian Border Trouble

Do you know your contraband?

07/25/2012 By Allison Williams


How to Take the Ultimate Mount Rainier Photo

How pros photograph the mountain—angles, time of day, and more.

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


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