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10 Visitors Centers That (Almost) Outshine the Main Attraction

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Kickstart your wanderlust

When a monument or a nature preserve's visitor center is as spectacular as the main attraction itself, you know you're in for an unforgettable experience.

Here are some of the world's most stunning ones to kickstart your wanderlusty weekend.

Pombal Castle, Leiria, Portugal—Comoco Arquitectos

Stonehenge Visitors Center, Wiltshire, England—Denton Corker Marshall

Jianamani Visitors Center, Yushu, Qinghai, China—TeamMinus

French River Visitor Centre, Ontario, Canada—Baird Sampson Neuert Architects

Niyang River Visitors Center, Xizang (Tibet), China—Standardarchitecture & Zhaoyang Architects

Visitors Center of the Roman Theatre of Malaga, Malaga, Spain—Tejedor Linares & asociados

Snaefellsstofa Visitors Center, Egilsstaðir, Iceland—ARKÍS Architects

Wasit Wetland Centre, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates—X Architects

Cairns Botanic Garden Visitors Center, Queensland, Australia,—Charles Wright Architects

Grand Teton Discovery and Visitor Center, Grand Teton, Wyoming—Bohlin Cywinski Jackson