The South Dakota Interstate Welcome Centers are an important part of South Dakota Tourism. More than 250,000 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.
2021 Interstate Welcome Center Hours
All Interstate Welcome Centers will open to the public on Monday, May 17, and will remain open seven days per week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Wilmot location will close for the season on Sunday, September 12. The Valley Springs, Vermillion, Chamberlain and Spearfish locations will remain open through Sunday, September 26.
2021 Welcome Center Seasonal Job Openings
The South Dakota Department of Tourism began accepting applications to fill the seasonal positions of Welcome Center Supervisors and Travel Counselors on Monday, February 1, 2021. Job locations include the Wilmot, Vermillion, Valley Springs, Chamberlain and Spearfish Interstate Welcome Centers, along with the Minuteman Missile National Historic Site Visitor Center. Information and an application may be obtained via the links below, or from any South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation Job Service Office.
Friday, April 2, 2021extended to Friday, April 9, 2021
South Dakota visitor industry members may display their publications at any of the five 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 Registration Form.
Several changes have been made to the Publication Program for the 2021 season, so please review the Program Requirements carefully. Most notably, all shipments or deliveries of publications to the Interstate Welcome Centers must include the publication’s Confirmation Number. You will receive this four-digit number in a confirmation email after submitting the online Registration Form. Additionally, each different publication you plan on distributing to the Welcome Centers must be registered separately and will have its own Confirmation Number
The 2021 Program Requirements will be strictly enforced, and any business whose registration has not been submitted by the deadline will not be allowed to display their publication within the Welcome Centers during the 2021 season.
There is no fee for participating in the Interstate Welcome Centers Publication Program, but you are required to register each year.
2021 Start Date: Monday, March 1, 2021
2021 Deadline: Friday, April 16, 2021
2021 Publication Program Policies, v2 (PDF)
* Western Literature Swap - Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, Rapid City, Tuesday, May 4, 2021 *
* Eastern Literature Swap - Ramkota Hotel Exhibit Hall, Sioux Falls, Thursday, May 6, 2021 *
Publication Shipping Instructions:
All Interstate Welcome Centers are staffed seasonally and can only receive deliveries during the operating season.
All initial shipments of publications must arrive at the Welcome Centers between Monday, May 17, and Friday, May 28.
Most of the Interstate Welcome Centers are not on a United States Postal Service mailing route. All shipments must be sent through a parcel courier service such as UPS, FedEx or Spee-Dee.
All requests for ordering or fulfillment will come from Nate Johnson, the Welcome Center Manager. Only ship publications to the Welcome Centers when requested to do so.
Chamberlain Welcome Center
24841-343, I-90 MM 264
Chamberlain, SD 57325
Spearfish Welcome Center
10095, I-90 East MM 1
Spearfish, SD 57783
Vermillion Welcome Center
47093 SD Hwy 50
Burbank, SD 57010
Wilmot Welcome Center
45911 SD Hwy 15
Wilmot, SD 57279
Valley Springs Welcome Center
I-90 West MM 412
Valley Springs, SD 57068
Available Welcome Centers
- Wilmot (one center: I-29 northbound/southbound)
- Valley Springs (one center: I-90 westbound)
- Vermillion (one center: I-29 northbound/southbound)
- Chamberlain (one center: I-90 eastbound/westbound)
- Spearfish (one center: I-90 eastbound)
2022 Welcome Center Seasonal Job Openings
The South Dakota Department of Tourism will begin accepting applications to fill the seasonal positions of Welcome Center Supervisors and Travel Counselors in January/February 2022. Job locations include the Wilmot, Vermillion, Valley Springs, Chamberlain and Spearfish Interstate Welcome Centers, along with the Minuteman Missile National Historic Site Visitor Center. Information and an application may be obtained via the links below, or from any South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation Job Service Office.
2022 Welcome Center Job Announcement (PDF) - available January/February 2022
2022 Welcome Center Job Application (PDF) - available January/February 2022
2022 Deadline: Friday, April 1, 2022 (tentative)
Please contact Nate Johnson, Welcome Center Manager, for more information at 605-773-3301 or [email protected].