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Interstate Welcome Centers

The South Dakota Interstate Welcome Centers are an important part of South Dakota Tourism. More than 500,000 people from all over the world visit the Welcome Centers each summer. Our centers are often the first stop visitors make as they enter the state, so we make sure to always greet them with a friendly South Dakota smile and provide all the travel information they need. From rock climbing to fine dining, we've got it all in South Dakota; and we’ve got information about it all at our Interstate Welcome Centers.

2017 Interstate Welcome Center Hours

The nine Interstate Welcome Centers will open Monday, May 15, and will remain open seven days per week from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

The Vivian, Salem (eastbound, westbound), Wilmot, and New Effington locations will close for the season on Sunday, September 10. The Vermillion, Valley Springs, Chamberlain and Spearfish locations will remain open through Sunday, October 15.


Rest Area Revitalization Plan

Information about the Rest Area Revitalization Plan, including the background, a timeline and frequently asked questions, has been compiled and posted online. Updates will be added as them become available.


Publication Program

South Dakota visitor industry members may display their publications at any of the nine Interstate Welcome Centers. All industry members interested in displaying their publication at a Welcome Center must first review the Publication Program requirements and then submit the online Publication Program application. The requirements will be strictly enforced, and any business whose application has not been submitted by the deadline will not be allowed to display their publication at the Welcome Centers during the 2017 season.

Publications will be displayed at the discretion of the Interstate Welcome Center staff. Any concerns regarding how your publication is being displayed should be directed to the Department of Tourism’s Welcome Center Manager (see below). Industry members are responsible for delivering or shipping copies of their materials to the center(s).

2017 Price:  Free

2017 Deadline:  Friday, April 14, 2017

PLEASE READ:   Publication Program requirements (PDF)

Publication Program online application form



Available Information Centers

  1. New Effington (one center: southbound)
  2. Wilmot (one center: northbound/southbound)
  3. Valley Springs (one center: westbound)
  4. Vermillion (one center: northbound/southbound)
  5. Salem (two centers: eastbound and westbound)
  6. Chamberlain (one center: eastbound/westbound)
  7. Vivian (one center: westbound)
  8. Black Hills & Badlands Visitor Center - not available
  9. Spearfish (one center: eastbound)
Interstate Welcome Centers map


Please contact Nate Johnson, Welcome Center Manager, for more information at 605-773-3301 or