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