The amount of daylight and the time the sunset changes dramatic if you travel far enough. In Michigan, I noticed one night that is was 9:15 and still daylight outside. I actually watched a second time to make sure I was not crazy and the sun did not set until 9:45pm. We were on the far west side of Michigan but still crazy to me that it varies that much.
Driving at night is ALWAYS the quickest and best way to travel even with kids that are “older”. On the trip to Michigan, we left at midnight and travelled until after 5am,when we needed gas before making the first stop. On the way, home our longest stretch of driving was from 8:30pm until 11:30pm.
Check the weather prior to travelling and remember to take at least one extra change of clothes. I had everyone pack one pair of long pants and a jacket in our suitcases. The night we left North Carolina, the temperature was 75*, the same day in Michigan the high was 68*. Our jacket needed to be in the car with us and we could have worn at least one other day of long pants if not two days with warmer clothes. It was also VERY wet in Mackinaw City. My pants were wet and I did not bring another pair to change into.
Mackinaw Island is home to 17 different fudge shops, 2 Butterfly house and has a motorized fire truck and ambulance.
In Mackinaw City, where we stayed two night, most business are open from April to October only, including Starbucks.
It is fun to just explore and take suggestions. One of my favorite stops this trip was the Soo Locks. We only ended up seeing this because it was raining and I asked on Facebook for suggestions.
The fort on Mackinaw Island was taken by the English in the War of 1812.