Interstate Welcome Centers

Job Openings          Publication Program

The South Dakota Interstate Welcome Centers are an important part of South Dakota Tourism. More than 214,000 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.

 

2023 Interstate Welcome Center Hours, Wi-Fi Access

All Interstate Welcome Centers open to the public on Monday, May 22, and will remain open seven days per week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Wilmot, Valley Springs, Vermillion and Spearfish locations will close for the season on Sunday, October 1. The Chamberlain location will remain open through Sunday, October 29.

As of August 2022, all five Welcome Center locations offer free wireless internet access via the "TravelSouthDakota" network. No password is required to access the Wi-Fi network and it is available year-round (even when the centers are not staffed).  

 

2023 Welcome Center Seasonal Job Openings

The South Dakota Department of Tourism is accepting applications to fill the seasonal positions of Welcome Center Supervisors and Travel Counselors as of January 9. 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 the South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation.

2023 Welcome Center Job Announcement (PDF)

2023 Welcome Center Job Application (PDF)

2023 Deadline:  Friday, March 31, 2023

 

2023 Publication Program

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 within the past few years, so please review the Program Policies and 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. 

Any concerns regarding how your publication is being displayed should be directed to the Department of Tourism's Welcome Center Manager.

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

2023 Registration Opens:  Monday, January 9, 2023

2023 Registration Deadline:  Friday, April 21, 2023 

PLEASE READ: 

2023 Publication Program Policies (PDF)

2023 Publication Program Requirements (PDF)
 

Go to Registration Form
 

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 23, and Friday, May 27.

Please note that most of the Interstate Welcome Centers are not on a United States Postal Service mailing route. Because of this, the Post Office and some other couriers will not deliver to our Welcome Centers. Be sure to check with your courier to ensure that they will deliver to these locations.

All requests for ordering or fulfillment will come from Mandy Lemmel, Welcome Center Manager. Only ship publications to the Welcome Centers when requested to do so.

Shipping Addresses:
Chamberlain Welcome Center/Rest Area
24841-343, I-90 MM 264
Chamberlain, SD 57325

Spearfish Welcome Center/Rest Area
10095, I-90 East MM 1
Spearfish, SD 57783

Vermillion Welcome Center/Rest Area
47093 SD Hwy 50
Burbank, SD 57010

Wilmot Welcome Center/Rest Area
45911 SD Hwy 15
Wilmot, SD 57279

Valley Springs Welcome Center/Rest Area
I-90 West MM 412
Valley Springs, SD 57068

 

Available Welcome Centers

  1. Wilmot (one center: I-29 northbound/southbound)
  2. Valley Springs (one center: I-90 westbound)
  3. Vermillion (one center: I-29 northbound/southbound)
  4. Chamberlain (one center: I-90 eastbound/westbound)
  5. Spearfish (one center: I-90 eastbound)

South Dakota Interstate Welcome Centers map

 

2024 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 2024. 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 the  South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation.

2024 Welcome Center Job Announcement (PDF) - available January 2024

2024 Welcome Center Job Application (PDF) - available January 2024

2024 Deadline:  Friday, March 31, 2024 (tentative)

 

FOR INFORMATION

Please contact Mandy Lemmel, Welcome Center Manager, for more information at 605-773-3301 or [email protected].