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The Michigan State Spartans and Gonzaga Bulldogs will play each other in the Armed Forces Classic on the flight deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, in San Diego Bay. The game will be broadcast on ESPN. Local tip-off time is expected to be in the late afternoon.

This will mark the second time the Spartans have played aboard an aircraft carrier. The last time was against North Carolina on Veterans Day in 2011 as part of the Carrier Classic aboard the USS Carl Vinson.

“I know our players, coaches and staff, and all of Michigan State Athletics are very excited about the opportunity to play a tremendous program like Gonzaga on the deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln while honoring all of those who serve in our military,” Michigan State head basketball coach Tom Izzo said in a statement. “This game is big for our program, for Michigan State University and for the Big Ten Conference. This opportunity to play on an aircraft carrier in front of the men and women who willingly put their lives on the line will be an experience that is going to mean something to the young men who will play in the game for a long, long time.”

He added, “I said it the time in 2011 when we played North Carolina on the deck of the USS Carl Vinson — one of the most humbling experiences of my career, and I’ll say it again, we’re going to play one of the top teams in the country and we’re going to be hosted by the No. 1 team in the world.”

10 Beautiful Michigan Campgrounds

It’s almost camping season, and it’s no secret that Michiganders love to camp. Michigan is one of the most beautiful states for camping, as evidenced by our many great parks, campgrounds and lakes. I’m actually not a bit camper, but I do know it’s a super popular activity this time of year.

Pure Michigan is always on top of the best vacation spots in the Mitten, and they’ve put together a list of 10 of the most beautiful campgrounds in Michigan.

The No. 1 campground on their list is Tahquamenon Falls State Park in Paradise, Michigan. Of the area, Pure Michigan states, “Take in the sights of one of the largest waterfalls east of the Mississippi at Tahquamenon Falls State Park in the Eastern Upper Peninsula. The Upper Falls stretches 50 feet high and more than 200 feet wide, deservingly making it a must-see attraction. But with more than 40 miles of hiking trails, 13 inland lakes and approximately 20,000 acres of natural area, there’s more to love about the park than just its majestic waterfall.” That sounds lovely to me!

Read on for the full list of 10 beautiful campground in Michigan to visit this season, courtesy of Pure Michigan. Out of this list, I most want to visit the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in Empire. I’ve heard it’s one of the most gorgeous spots in America, so that’s on my to-visit list at some point. I’ve actually been to Sleepy Hollow State Park in Laingsburg for a hike and definitely recommend it.

  • 10 Beautiful Michigan Campgrounds

    This list is courtesy of Pure Michigan.

  • Tahquamenon Falls State Park – Paradise

    Tahquamenon Falls State Park

    Tahquamenon Falls State Park encompasses close to 50,000 acres stretching over 13 miles. Most of this is undeveloped woodland without roads, buildings or power lines. The centerpiece of the park, and the very reason for its existence, is the Tahquamenon River with its waterfalls. The Upper Falls is one the largest waterfalls east of the Mississippi.

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  • South Higgins Lake State Park – Roscommon

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  • Porcupine Mountains State Park – Ontonagon

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  • Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore – Munising

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  • Wilderness State Park – Carp Lake

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  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore – Empire

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  • Lakeport State Park – Lakeport

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  • Ludington State Park – Ludington

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  • Huron-Manistee National Forest – Manistee

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  • Sleepy Hollow State Park – Laingsburg

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