Michigan to California Freight shipping and trucking services are in high demand; Detroit to Sacramento is a very heavily traveled route.
The Detroit to Sacramento freight shipping lane is a 2,315 mile haul that takes more than 34 hours of driving to complete. Shipping from Michigan to California ranges from a minimum of 2243 miles and 33 hours from Redding, CA to Kalamazoo, MI, to over 2,412 miles and a minimum driving time of 36 hours on the road from Cheboygan, MI to Los Angeles, CA. The shortest route from Michigan to California is along I-80 W through Denver; however, there’s also a more southern route that uses the I-40 W, passing through Amarillo, TX.
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.
California is a large, densely populated state, especially along the Pacific Coast where the San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego metropolitan areas link northern, central and southern California. For the most part, California has a pleasant and mild climate. It’s hotter and drier in the south, and the north is colder in the winter and wetter in the summer. With mountains in the east and hills in the west, along the coast, it’s is a beautiful state to drive through, but it can be demanding for California truckers. Many truckers would say that California’s greatest challenges lie in its diesel regulations and traffic congestion.
Since Michigan is mainly industrial and California 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 Michigan and California 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.