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.

Resilient Seattle

Meet the Starting Lineup of Seattle's Pandemic Response Squad

From the health honcho to the big cheese.

08/04/2020 By Allison Williams Illustrations by Jane Sherman

Resilient Seattle

A Guide to the Viral Vocabulary of Covid-19

There was a time when none of us knew what this all meant, but now these are words we live by.

08/04/2020 By Allison Williams

Resilient Seattle

Minding the Ever-Wider Gap Between the Community and the Police

Victoria Beach started the pandemic with a hard job as liaison with the police. Then it got even harder.

08/04/2020 By Allison Williams

Resilient Seattle

The Doctor Will Zoom You Now

Dermatologist Melanie Clemenz went all in on telemedicine.

08/04/2020 Edited by Allison Williams By Melanie Clemenz

Resilient Seattle

How You Can Help Seattle Weather the Pandemic

Where to donate money, offer time, or otherwise pitch in.

08/04/2020 By Allison Williams

Classic Cinema

The Pandemic Launched a New Era for Drive-In Theaters

The retro novelty of watching a movie in your own car never looked so good.

07/31/2020 By Allison Williams

Quote Unquote

Cashier Sheryl Saechao Is on the Front Lines at Fred Meyer

"Hazard pay wouldn’t be as bad of an issue if we already had a decent wage."

07/29/2020 By Allison Williams

GO FOR IT

Hiking Is the Safest Way to Have Fun This Summer

Bears? Bees? Nah. As long as you bring a jacket and look where you’re walking, Northwest trails are a safe place to spend the pandemic.

07/24/2020 By Allison Williams

Summer Is In Tents

How to Find a Campsite Now That Everyone Is Camping

Where to set up a tent, trailer, or tricked-out RV on a crowded summer weekend.

07/16/2020 By Allison Williams

Sign of the Times

How Umbrellas Became the Symbol of Seattle Protests

Those things we never use? They're here now, linking local demonstrations to everything from Hong Kong to Amazon.

06/03/2020 By Allison Williams

Locked-Up Lockdown

Quarantine in a Washington Prison Is Tense

An inmate at Monroe Correctional Complex reports from behind bars, where riots have erupted and one guard has passed away from the virus: "Yeah, I'm scared."

05/27/2020 By Allison Williams

Time to Remember

Things to Do for Memorial Day That Are Totally Allowed

Big trips and party-sized barbecues may be off the table, but there are still quarantine-approved ways to celebrate the beginning of summer.

05/21/2020 By Allison Williams

Turn the Tide

Don't Go to the Beach for Memorial Day

Most of Washington's ocean-facing shoreline is closed, so it's not quite time for beach blanket bingo yet.

05/21/2020 By Allison Williams

Guide to Mount St. Helens

Washington's Next Volcanic Eruption

When? Where? Are we ready?

05/06/2020 By Allison Williams

Guide to Mount St. Helens

Mount St. Helens Wildlife: Don’t Call it a Comeback

Flora and fauna have more than returned to the destruction zone—they're thriving.

05/06/2020 By Allison Williams

Guide to Mount St. Helens

Art St. Helens: Creations Inspired by a Volcano's Destruction

Forty years on, the eruption still fuels evocative work. Plus: What's up with ash glass?

05/06/2020 By Allison Williams

Guide to Mount St. Helens

Mount St. Helens is Not a National Park

The volcano’s unique status makes upkeep complicated.

05/06/2020 By Allison Williams

Guide to Mount St. Helens

Visiting the East Side of Mount St. Helens: Otherworldly Escape

Intrepid explorers head to a quiet region to score views of a hidden landscape, plus a chance to view remnants of the eruption.

05/06/2020 By Allison Williams

Guide to Mount St. Helens

Visiting the South Side of Mount St. Helens: On Top of Old Smokey

Take a walk on the adventure side of the volcano. Keen athletes can spelunk underground, ski gentle slopes, or climb to the crater rim.

05/06/2020 By Allison Williams

Guide to Mount St. Helens

Visiting the North Side of Mount St. Helens: Crater Crash Course

A road trip down a stunning highway leads to a well-appointed visitor center and easy hikes. Never been to the famous mountain? Start here.

05/06/2020 By Allison Williams