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Michigan boasts some wonderful sandy beaches along its western coastline along Lake Michigan. Some of the best of these, with miles of sand and wild dunes, are near the ferry port town of Ludington. The Ludington State Park offers 14 miles (23km) of hiking and biking trails in beautiful virgin forests and dunes, miles of sandy beach and three campgrounds. There are several other popular beach resort towns along Michigan's west coast, within easy reach of Detroit, which are known as 'The Riviera of the Midwest'. Silver Lake resort boasts its world-renowned living sand-dunes and the world's smallest newspaper; Grand Haven has a magnificent boardwalk along its spectacular beaches lined with restaurants, marina facilities and shops; Holland has a Dutch flavour inherited from its founder, a Dutch clergyman; St Joseph in the south has a famous lighthouse and a French fort.