Sitting in western Nebraska, miles from any city (let alone gas station), is Agate Fossil Beds National Monument. This small and unassuming site is home to a surprising discovery that was made by the first settlers in the 1890s-mammal fossils from the Miocene Age.
In an average year, just 15,000 visitors make their way to this remote part of Nebraska. When we visited in 2017, our family of five represented a little over 12% of their daily visitors! However, what started off as an unplanned stop while traveling from Wind Cave National Park on our way to Denver ended up being a great find for our family. The extremely friendly staff were very helpful and went out of their way to make sure we had a great visit.
If you are planning a trip to the area, make sure you take an hour or so and visit Agate Fossil Beds National Monument!