Michigan to Washington Freight shipping and trucking services are in high demand; Grand Rapids to Olympia is a very heavily traveled route.
The Grand Rapids, MI to Olympia, WA route is a 2,621 mile haul that takes more than 40 hours of driving to complete. Shipping from Michigan to Washington ranges from 2,070 miles and 30 hours from Kalamazoo, MI to Kennewick, WA, and over 2,263 miles and a minimum of 34 hours on the road from Bellingham, WA to Cheboygan, MI. The shortest route from Michigan to Washington is along I-94 W and I-90 W; however, staying on the I-90 W the whole time will take you through South Dakota instead of North Dakota.
Michigan, the Great Lakes State, is made up of two peninsulas surrounded by the world’s largest freshwater lakes. Southeast Michigan, the most densely populated part of the state, is home to the Detroit Metro Area and the American automotive industry. Further north, there’s lumber, mining and furniture manufacturing. Michigan borders Ontario, Canada to the east and north, across lakes Huron and Superior. Indiana and Ohio are to the south, and Illinois and Wisconsin are to the west, across Lake Michigan. Detroit is approximately 300 miles east of Chicago and 250 miles west of Toronto, Canada. Michigan is warm and humid in the summer, cold and snowy in the winter. Michigan’s climate sometimes causes delays in trucking.
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.
Michigan to Washington Freight shipping quotes and trucking rates vary at times due to the individual states industry needs. Since Michigan is more industrial and Washington being mainly agricultural, with manufacturing and distribution centers throughout, we see plenty of shipments by Flatbed as well as by the more common dry van trucks. Our Less Than Truckload (LTL) carriers in both Michigan 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, as well.