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.

Deep Cuts

The Best Things to Do in the Columbia Gorge

Kiteboarding, IPAs, and one seriously unexpected religious exhibit.

06/08/2021 By Allison Williams Photography by Kelly Turso

Seattle Standouts

Our Favorite Everything in Seattle

From an unbeatable bar bathroom to the best setting for a tantrum, our editors dove deep into what they love about our city.

06/04/2021 Edited by Allison Williams By Nate Bullis, Benjamin Cassidy, Sophie Grossman, Sarah Nipper, Zoe Sayler, Allecia Vermillion, and Erin Wong Illustrations by Stevie Shao Photography by Kyle Johnson

Best in the biz

Mud Bay Founder Lars Wulff Has a Pet Theory

His pet supply empire taught Seattle how to treat our four-legged friends right. 

06/04/2021 By Allison Williams Photography by Kyle Johnson

Best in the biz

King of the Hill Grocery Owner Abraham Aklilu Rules with Benevolence

He's seen it all on Capitol Hill.

06/04/2021 By Allison Williams Photography by Kyle Johnson

THE OLYMPICS

Insider's Guide to Visiting Washington State's Olympic National Park

What to do, where to hike, and where to stay in the country's fifth most-visited national park.

06/02/2021 By Allison Williams

Go Green

Trailhead Direct Restarts Bus Service to Hiking Trails

Skip the parking lot shuffle at Mount Si or Tiger Mountain.

06/01/2021 By Allison Williams

On the Road Again

Travel Is Back, Just in Time for Memorial Day

Remember holiday traffic? Yeah, that's returning too.

05/27/2021 By Allison Williams

Start Packing

Rick Steves Is Ready to Plan International Travel Again

But the European travel guru has his eyes on spring 2022.

05/21/2021 By Allison Williams

Northwest Travel

18 Amazing Northwest Cabin Destinations

Bungalows, chalets, yurts: Like home, but better.

05/13/2021 By Allison Williams

Pray for Vacation

The Lodge at St. Edward State Park Resurrects an Old Holy Site

A new Kenmore hotel turns a historic seminary into high-end accommodations on Lake Washington.

05/11/2021 By Allison Williams

Petal Pushers

The Best Flower Destinations in the Northwest

Tulips, rhodies, and wildflowers ahoy: All the best blooms and where to see them.

04/23/2021 By Allison Williams

Off season

Crystal Mountain Gets Glamping Tents This Summer

You just need to book them with 20–50 of your closest friends.

04/19/2021 By Allison Williams

Miracle Miles

8 Best Road Trips from Seattle

Washington’s eight most impressive drives, from mountain passes to sand in the tires.

04/06/2021 By Allison Williams

Sugar rush

10 Sweet Bakery Day Trips from Seattle

Croissants, churros, and crullers worth a special drive.

04/01/2021 By Allison Williams and Allecia Vermillion

Just Shot Me

The Frantic Rush for Seattle Vaccines

Call it "Shots and Ladders" as thousands game the system for early doses of Covid prevention.

04/01/2021 By Allison Williams

Quote Unquote

CNA Margaret Ditto Cares for Nursing Home Residents in Sickness and in Health

"We are the frontline workers now. We always have been."

03/30/2021 By Allison Williams

October Surprise

Leavenworth Oktoberfest Has Been Cancelled for 2021 (and Maybe Forever)

The Bavarian beer fest may never come back—and it's not just about Covid.

03/16/2021 By Allison Williams

Saved by the brew

Craft Beer Is a Small Town Success Story

How does a struggling small town draw tourists without fine dining or fancy attractions? Pour ’em a pint.

03/11/2021 By Allison Williams Photography by Brooke Fitts

Trailer Taxonomy

Understanding the Different Types of RVs

Size isn’t everything. Recreational vehicles are classified by shape, not length.

03/04/2021 By Allison Williams Illustrations by Seattle Met

Perk City

The Best Amenities Found in Fancy RVs

Certain additions can make an RV feel better than home.

03/04/2021 By Allison Williams