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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.

2018 Interstate Welcome Center Hours

The Chamberlain, New Effington, Valley Springs, Salem (eastbound, westbound), Spearfish and Vivian Interstate Welcome Centers will open Monday, May 14, and will remain open seven days per week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The New Effington, Salem (eastbound, westbound) and Vivian locations will close for the season on Sunday, September 9. The Chamberlain, Valley Springs and Spearfish locations will remain open through Sunday, October 14.


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 they become available.


Publication Program

South Dakota visitor industry members may display their publications at any of the six 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 2018 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).

There is no fee for participating in the Interstate Welcome Centers Publication Program, but you are required to register each year.

2018 Price:  Free

2018 Deadline:  Friday, April 13, 2018

PLEASE READ:   Publication Program requirements (PDF)

Publication Program online registration form



Available Welcome Centers

  1. New Effington (one center: southbound)
  2. Valley Springs (one center: westbound)
  3. Salem (two centers: eastbound and westbound)
  4. Chamberlain (one center: eastbound/westbound)
  5. Vivian (one center: westbound)
  6. Spearfish (one center: eastbound)
Interstate Welcome Centers map


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