Interstate 94

Overview

I-94 is an east-west interstate that connects the northern Midwest and Plains states. For portions of its journey, it merges with I-90 and then splits off on its own route again. At these split points, it reaches areas around the Great Lakes that coast to coast I-90 can’t, climbing further north into Wisconsin, Minnesota and Michigan. In fact, it is the most northern east-west interstate in the nation!

On a side note, I-94 is also somewhat famous. It is referenced in several movies, including Disney’s “The Santa Clause”.

How long is I-94?

Though it may not seem like it at first glance, I-94 is one of the longer interstates in the US. At 1,585 miles, it is actually longer than several of the longer north-south interstates, including I-35 and I-15.

Where does I-94 end?

On its western side, I-94 terminates in Billings, Montana, where it merges with Interstate 90. Its eastern side ends in Port Huron, Michigan, right on the US-Canadian border. At this point, it also connects to I-69.

Map of I-94

Attractions and Things to Do near I-94

As you can imagine, I-94 can be quite adventurous during the winter time. It certainly sees its share of snowstorms and blizzards. However, that just motivates us even more to find incredible activities nearby for travelers who have decided to call it an early night.

Spring and Summer are great times to get out and see the sights near this interstate too! A late morning walk by the Milwaukee Riverfront in June is simply spectacular. Below is a sampling of the many things that can be found along this northern roadway:

  • Fort Gratiot Lighthouse
    Port Huron, MI
  • Belle Isle Park
    Detroit, MI
  • The Rink At Campus Martius Park
    Detroit, MI
  • Henry Ford Museum
    Dearborn, MI
  • Air Zoo Aerospace & Science Museum
    Portage, MI
  • Navy Pier
    Chicago, IL
  • The Art Institute of Chicago
    Chicago, IL
  • Magnificent Mile
    Chicago, IL
  • Pizzeria Uno
    Chicago, IL
  • Six Flags Great America
    Gurdon, IL
  • Milwaukee Public Museum
    Milwaukee, WI
  • Milwaukee County War Memorial Center & Riverfront
    Milwaukee, WI
  • Old German Beer Hall
    Milwaukee, WI
  • Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory
    Milwaukee, WI
  • Retzer’s Nature Center and Planetarium
    Waukesha, WI
  • Wisconsin State Capital
    Madison, WI
  • Wisconsin Historical Museum
    Madison, WI
  • Mall of America / Nickelodeon Universe
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Minneapolis Institute of Art
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Munsinger Gardens
    St. Cloud, MN
  • Stearns History Museum
    St. Cloud, MN
  • Hjemkomst Center
    Moorhead, MN
  • Fargo Air Museum
    Fargo, ND
  • Yellowstone County Museum
    Billings, MT

When was I-94 started and completed?

I-94 was a part of the Federal Highway Aid Act of 1956. Projects commenced in various states shortly after the act was signed.

North Dakota saw the first construction of the highway soon after. There, the first section was already completed in 1958, and ran between Jamestown and Valley City. Construction of the highway in this state was finished in 1970.

Each state completed various projects throughout the 1960s and 1970s. Some portions of the highway had previously existed and were connected to each other. Information on the interstate’s final completion date is difficult to locate. However, improvements and projects continue to this day.

States I-94 travels through

I-94 passes through a whopping seven states as it makes its journey from Michigan to Montana. Here they are, listed from east to west:

  • Michigan
  • Indiana
  • Illinois
  • Wisconsin
  • Minnesota
  • North Dakota
  • Montana

I-94 Major Cities

I-94 travels through some fairly large cities, including the nation’s third largest, Chicago. Of course, there are a number of smaller cities along its route that can be just as intriguing and exciting. Here are some of the cities along its route, from east to west:

  • Detroit, Michigan
  • Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Madison, Wisconsin
  • Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Fargo, North Dakota
  • Bismark, North Dakota
  • Billings, Montana

Major Connections & Interchanges

Travelers seeking to head south have a number of options via I-94, as several large north-south interstates connect to this road. Connections to I-80 and I-90 will take travelers east and west.

  • Port Huron, MI
    I-69 W to Flint, MI
  • Detroit, MI
    I-75 N to Flint, MI
    I-75 S to Toledo, MI
  • Marshall, MI
    I-69 N to Lansing, MI
    I-69 S to Fort Wayne, IN
  • Gary, IN
    I-90 E to South Bend, IN
    I-90 W to Chicago, IL
  • Chicago, IL
    I-80 W to Davenport, IA
  • Milwaukee, WI
    I-43 S to Rockford, Illinois
    I-43 N to Green Bay, WI
    I-41 N to Oshkosh, Wisconsin
  • Madison, MI
    Merger / Split with I-90
    I-39 N to Stevens Point, WI
    I-39 S to Rockford, IL
  • Tomah, WI
    Merger / Split with I-90
  • Minneapolis, MN
    I-35 N to Duluth, MN
    I-35 S to Des Moines, IA
  • Fargo, ND
    I-29 N to Winnipeg, Manitoba
    I-29 S to Sioux Falls, SD
  • Billings, MT
    Merger / Split with I-90

“So if we go straight down this road we’ll hit I-94?” – Scott Calvin, The Santa Clause, 1994