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.

 

2022 Interstate Welcome Center Hours, Wi-Fi Access

All Interstate Welcome Centers will open to the public on Monday, May 23, 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 11. The Valley Springs, Vermillion, Chamberlain and Spearfish locations will remain open through Sunday, October 2.

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

(We are no longer accepting applications for 2022.)

The South Dakota Department of Tourism will begin accepting applications to fill the seasonal positions of Welcome Center Supervisors and Travel Counselors in January 2023. 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) - available January 2023

2023 Welcome Center Job Application (PDF) - available January 2023

2023 Deadline:  Friday, March 31, 2023 (tentative)

 

2022 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. Additionally, each different publication you plan on distributing to the Welcome Centers must be registered separately and will have its own confirmation number. If you participated in 2021, you should use your confirmation number(s) when registering for 2022.

The 2022 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 2022 season.

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.

2022 Registration Opens:  Monday, January 10, 2022

2022 Registration Deadline:  Friday, April 22, 2022  //  Anyone still interested in registering for the 2022 season may contact Mandy Lemmel by email or phone (605-773-3301). 

PLEASE READ: 

2022 Publication Program Policies (PDF)

2022 Publication Program Requirements (PDF)
 

** Western Literature Swap - The Monument, Rapid City - 2-4 p.m., Tuesday, May 3  **

** Southeast South Dakota Literature Drop - Rude Transportation Co., Sioux Falls - 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Wednesday, May 4 **

** Glacial Lakes & Prairies Literature Drop - Swiftel Center, Brookings - 12 noon-1:30 p.m., Thursday May 5 **
 

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].