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.

Haunted Houses

Six Freaky Halloween Vacations

Washington fall day trip and vacation destinations that make you go "boo." Plus: How to freak out Stephen King-style.

10/21/2021 By Allison Williams

Water World

What to Do and Where to Eat in Lake Chelan

The Central Washington vacation destination has boat rides to Stehekin, the Slidewaters water park, and parasailing.

10/08/2021 By Allison Williams Photography by Brooke Fitts

Branching Out

Larch Season Is Finally Here

The trees turn brilliant shades of yellow and orange before losing their needles—here's how to find them.

10/01/2021 By Allison Williams

mystery

Is D.B. Cooper Still on the Run?

An FBI agent, a self-trained scientist, and an outsider theorist have all dedicated years to solving the Northwest's iconic hijacking crime.

09/27/2021 By Allison Williams Illustrations by Joseph Laney

Toe Pick

The Clumsy Adult's Guide to Ice Skating at Kraken Iceplex

A clumsy adult's guide to renting skates, hitting the ice, and not falling over too much.

09/27/2021 By Allison Williams

Due South

Portland Opens Back Up to Travelers with a Few New Twists

Find the Hotel Grand Stark, the Lot at Zidell Yards, new restaurants like Oma's Hideaway, and a new vibe in a city that feels more grown up than ever.

09/24/2021 By Allison Williams

Free Wheeling

How to Get Around Seattle without a Car

The Emerald City has car shares like Zipcar and Gig, growing public transportation, and a bunch of Lime scooters strewn everywhere.

09/22/2021 By Allison Williams

Live and Learn

Saturday Is Free Museum Day in Seattle and Beyond

Visit participating museums like MOHAI and MoPop for free this weekend, or find a free way to explore local attractions year-round.

09/16/2021 By Allison Williams

Just Brew It

Never Have I Ever: Had a Cup of Coffee

The most frequent advice I received on my quest to try coffee as an adult: “Just don’t go to Starbucks.”

09/16/2021 By Allison Williams

Bicycle Diaries

Never Have I Ever: Commuted via Bike

A casual weekend bicycle enthusiast straps on a helmet and heads to work downtown.

09/16/2021 By Allison Williams

Oompah Yourself

Oktoberfest Is Still On in the Northwest

Where to drink German beers and celebrate the Bavarian fall tradition near Seattle. Plus, what happened to Leavenworth's famous Oktoberfest?

09/14/2021 By Allison Williams

Local Gems

Where to Eat in Yakima

The Central Washington town has everything from famous Mexican fare to well-crafted cocktails.

09/10/2021 By Allison Williams

Valley Whirl

What to Do in Yakima

Once billed as the Palm Springs of Washington, this agricultural town boasts outdoor recreation and serious beer tasting.

09/10/2021 By Allison Williams and Seattle Met Staff

Essay

My Trial by Fire in Seattle’s Shockingly Understaffed Restaurants

How bad? One recruited a career writer who had never served tables before to help out.

09/08/2021 By Allison Williams

Planner

What to Do in Washington in September

Scottish games, state fair scones, and a tour to watch elk get busy.

09/03/2021 By Allison Williams

Fall Report

Northwest Travel Fall 2021: Where to Go, What to Know

From Walla Walla's Fall Release Weekend to a musical from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, chillier weather doesn't mean there's any less to do.

09/02/2021 By Allison Williams

Branch Out

The Best Treehouse Vacation Rentals in Washington

Make like a squirrel by overnighting in cabins suspended in Pacific Northwest trees.

09/01/2021 By Allison Williams

Quote Unquote

Class of 2021 Graduate Ellie Snyder Came of Age in Covid

The newly minted Garfield High School alum came of age in a strange era.

08/31/2021 By Allison Williams

Fair Game

Our State Fair Is...Which State Fair?

A guide to the Evergreen State Fair, Washington State Fair, Seafair, and more.

08/27/2021 By Allison Williams

The Mountain

An Insider’s Guide to Visiting Mount Rainier National Park

Make the most of a visit to Washington State's famous volcano.

08/25/2021 By Allison Williams and Seattle Met Staff