States traversed: Montana, North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Michigan
Interstate 94 is a major Interstate route in some of the most northerly regions of the United States, from Montana to Michigan. Except for its journey into northwest Indiana and southern Michigan, Interstate 94 acts like an alternate to Interstate 90, touching that other route in four distinct places. One of those access points to Interstate 90 is the western end of Interstate 94, in Billings, Montana. From there, it heads northeast to Miles City and Glendive. Near Glendive, Montana, Interstate 94 starts to head due east across North Dakota, serving Bismarck and Fargo. At Fargo, Interstate 94 crosses the Red River into Minnesota, where the highway begins to bend southeasterly to serve Minneapolis and St. Paul. Then, Interstate 94 enters Wisconsin, serving Eau Claire and bending southeasterly to pick up Interstate 90 at Tomah. At Madison, Interstate 94 splits from Interstate 90 to head straight east to Milwaukee, where it turns straight south into Illinois. It becomes a tollway until near Chicago, and in Chicago, it joins Interstate 90 again, right through downtown. Interstate 94 passes through Chicago from north to south, splitting from Interstate 90 to join Interstate 80 east into Indiana. But in northwest Indiana, Interstate 94 crosses Interstate 90 yet again; here, Interstate 80 joins Interstate 90 east across the rest of northern Indiana. Interstate 94, on the other hand, runs northeasterly along the southeastern shore of Lake Michigan, into southwestern Michigan. In the vicinity of St. Joseph and Benton Harbor, Interstate 94 swerves toward the east to head inland, away from Lake Michigan, with its sights on the Detroit. Before Detroit, though, Interstate 94 passes through Kalamazoo, Jackson, and Ann Arbor. Finally, it reaches Detroit, where it starts to angle northeasterly along the eastern edge of the state. The eastern end is in Port Huron, at the approach to a bridge to Sarnia, Ontario; this approach is shared with Interstate 69. The bridge crossing into Canada at this eastern terminus is at the southern tip of Lake Huron.
My photo with an Interstate 94 route marker comes from a point just east of Battle Creek, Michigan. The signage depicted faces west toward eastbound travelers on Michigan Highway 96 as they approach an intersection with Michigan Highway 311. An interchange with Interstate 94 lies just seconds to the north, or to the left, along Highway 311. The guide marker for Interstate 94 aims to convey that to the eastbound travelers. This photo was taken in March 2019, driving around Michigan's Lower Peninsula to routesnap Michigan on a state level. Back to the nationwide main page. Back to the home page.