Pennsylvania to Washington Freight shipping and trucking services are in high demand; Philadelphia to Tacoma is a very heavily traveled route.
The Philadelphia, PA to Tacoma, WA freight shipping lane is a 2,835 mile haul that takes more than 42 hours of driving to complete. Shipping from Pennsylvania to Washington ranges from a minimum of 2,234 miles and 34 hours from Girard, PA to Clarkston, WA, to over 2,943 miles and a minimum driving time of 44 hours on the road from Chester, PA to Port Angeles, WA. The shortest route from Pennsylvania to Washington is along I-94 W & I-90 W through Chicago; however, there’s also a more southern route that uses the I-70 W, passing through Rock Springs, WY and Lincoln, NE.
Straddling three regions of the country—east coast, midwest and south—Pennsylvania borders New York and New Jersey to the north and east, Ohio and Lake Erie to the west and Delaware, Maryland and West Virginia to the south. Philadelphia is Pennsylvania’s largest city and Pittsburgh is a distant second; both cities are known as twentieth century industrial powerhouses and are charging into the twenty-first century with knowledge and service-based economies.
In addition to Lake Erie, the Delaware Estuary and Delaware River are important bodies of water in Pennsylvania. From the Appalachian Mountains to the Allegheny Plateau, Ridge and Valley to the Atlantic Coastal Plain through Piedmont and the Erie Plain, Pennsylvania has a varied landscape that supports farming, manufacturing, development and tourism.
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.
Since Pennsylvania is mainly industrial and Washington is largely agricultural and industrial as well, with many food processing and distribution centers, trucking rates will vary at times due to the individual states industry needs. We see plenty of shipments by refrigerated trailer, flatbed trailer as well as by the more common dry van trucks. Our Less Than Truckload (LTL) carriers in both Pennsylvania 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.