Illinois to Washington freight shipping and trucking services are in high demand; especially the route from Chicago to Seattle being a very busy lane.
The Chicago, IL to Seattle, WA, route is a 2,069 mile haul that takes more than 30 hours of driving to complete. Shipping from Illinois to Washington ranges from a minimum of 1,712 miles and 25 hours from Rockford, IL to Spokane, WA, and over 2,331 miles and a minimum of 35 hours on the road from Metropolis, IL to Bellingham, WA. The shortest route from Illinois to Washington is along the I-90 W corridor; however, there’s also a more southerly route that uses the I-80 W and I-84, passing through Salt Lake City, UT and Boise, ID.
Illinois extends from Chicago on the west coast of Lake Michigan deep into the rural Midwest. Illinois borders the Great Lakes and there is a lot of freight coming into the Chicago ports. While Illinois is large, the state is flat and easy to traverse. Chicago has a vast amount of industrial companies that have commercial freight shipping needs to all points of the country and into Canada as well. Illinois has cold, snowy winters that can slow down and delay trucking through the state.
Washington State’s nickname, “The Evergreen State,” doesn’t do justice to the vast geography of this Pacific Northwestern state. Although lush rainforests do flourish in the central part of the state, glaciers, islands and fjords are part of the state’s Pacific Coast landscape, while the Cascade Mountain range is found in the drier, eastern area. Likewise, the rain that the Washington’s most populous city, Seattle, is known for is not typical of the whole state. A dry, semi-arid climate is found in the east, while the mountains are known for deep snows in the winter that make snow chains a November to April requirement for trucking and freight services operating in Washington State. Washington freight and shipping is concentrated in Seattle and along the coast, and Spokane is a smaller center for Washington freight and trucking.
Illinois to Washington Freight shipping quotes and trucking rates vary at times due to the individual states industry needs. Since Illinois is mainly industrial and Washington is more agricultural, with food processing and food distribution centers, we see plenty of shipments by Flatbed & Reefer, as well as by the more common dry van trucks. Our Less Than Truckload (LTL) carriers in both Illinois and Washington are also running a number of regular services between the two states, and it’s an active route for heavy haul freight shipments that require lowboy or RGN trailers for freight transportation, as well.