7 Wonders of Alexandria, Minnesota


We’ve all heard the 7 Wonders of the World, the 7 Wonders of the United States and even 7 Wonders of the Solar System. So how about the 7 Wonders of Alexandria!? That’s right, we have a list of 7 things that make Alexandria MN unique, interesting and leaving you with a sense of wonder!

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7. Glacial Ridge Scenic Byway

All the lakes, rolling hills and surrounding landscapes in the Alexandria area were all formed by an ancient glacier that advanced and retreated over the span of 75,000-10,000 years ago. Millions of acres of land was covered by thousands of feet of ice as the Laurentide Ice Sheet advanced during the Wisconsin Glaciation period. Alexandria was covered by a smaller section of that ice sheet called the Wadena Lobe, and later on by parts of the Des Moines Lobe that melted and retreated around 10,000 years ago. The glaciers picked up millions of tons of rocks and sediment as they advanced, and deposited those rocks and sediment as they retreated. This is what formed all the beautiful rolling hills and lakes we love and enjoy today.

Cruise the Trail of the Glacier! The Glacial Ridge Scenic Byway is your window into the Ice Age of the past! This officially designated Minnesota State Byway is over 220 miles of beautiful rural routes through rolling hills, lakes, woods, prairies and farmlands. There are several scenic loops and dozens of side trips along the way. The Byway is great for both a motorcycle tour or a driving cruise. The route starts in Alexandria and goes through many other towns, spanning a course of 5 counties, 4 State Parks and a birding trail.

Many of the interesting stops are highlighted in the Glacial Ridge Scenic Byway Map, that can be picked up at our office (Explore Alexandria Tourism :: 324 Broadway Street), or click here for an electronic version.

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James is the Executive Director for Explore Alexandria Tourism and is a hiking, biking and outdoor enthusiast.

8 Responses to 7 Wonders of Alexandria, Minnesota

  1. Beautiful pictures of our favorite town. The picture of the
    road between Lakes Le Homme Dieu & Carlos was amazing.
    I couldn’t wait to see where that picture was taken and when I found out we have taken that road lots. Sure looks beautiful from the air.

    • Thanks for the compliment on the Three Havens photo! I’m just a hobby photographer but I get lucky every once in a while with a shot!

  2. I spent several years there. Went to the tech school and stayed for several years. Great times. My sister still lives there so I do get a chance to visit from time to time.

  3. In 1962′,my family and I went to to
    The Viking Trail Resort and met friends we have enjoyed all these years, Bought a Mother of the bride dress in Alexandria!Now I go the Elderuniverties at Mt. Carmel!

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