Interstate Welcome Center near Vermillion, South Dakota

Interstate Welcome Centers

South Dakota's Interstate Welcome Centers along Interstate 90 (east/west) and Interstate 29 (north/south) are great places to rest or stretch your legs, but they offer so much more to travelers than that. You can speak with a travel counselor, pick up brochures, connect to Wi-Fi and find up-to-date road and weather information.


All Interstate Welcome Centers will open to the public on Monday, May 20, and will remain open seven days per week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

The Wilmot, Valley Springs, Vermillion and Spearfish locations close for the season on Sunday, September 29. The Chamberlain location will remain open through Sunday, October 20.

Restroom facilities are available even with these Welcome Centers are not staffed.



From mid-May through September, a crew of more than 40 travel counselors staff the five Interstate Welcome Centers. From 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, these ambassadors will greet you with a smile and answers for all of your travel questions.


In addition to seasonal travel counselors, you can also find the following amenities at our Interstate Welcome Centers:

  • Brochures and other printed material for businesses and attractions statewide*
  • Free South Dakota highway maps and vacation guides*
  • Free Wi-Fi via the "TravelSouthDakota" network
  • Cultural and historical displays*
  • Lewis and Clark museum (Chamberlain)*
  • Dignity statue (Chamberlain)
  • Short term parking for cars, RVs and trucks
  • Restrooms – ADA accessible
  • Baby changing stations
  • Picnic tables and shelters – ADA accessible
  • Pet exercise areas
  • RV dump stations*
    (not all rest areas have dump stations, view the South Dakota Rest Areas map for locations)
  • Water fountains and potable water filling stations
  • Soft drink vending machines
  • Emergency phones
  • Security camera monitoring system

Note: All amenities marked with an asterisk (*) are only available seasonally when the Interstate Welcome Centers are in operation.


Note: Our information desks close for the winter season, however, restrooms, pay phones, Wi-Fi and all other rest area amenities remain accessible year-round.

Daily in-season hours: 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.

Online map of Welcome Centers and Rest Areas (SD DOT)

Wilmot Welcome Center (northbound and southbound)
I-29 at mile post 213.8
Open seven days a week, mid-May to mid-September
Valley Springs Welcome Center (westbound)
I-90 at mile post 412.1
Open seven days a week, mid-May through September
Vermillion Welcome Center (northbound and southbound)
I-29 at mile post 26.6
Open seven days a week, mid-May through September
Chamberlain Welcome Center (eastbound and westbound)
I-90 at mile post 264.4
Open seven days a week, mid-May through October
Minuteman Missile National Historic Site Visitor Center (eastbound and westbound)
I-90 at mile post 131
Open seven days a week, year-round
South Dakota travel counselors, mid-May through September (five days a week)
Black Hills Visitor Information Center (eastbound and westbound)
I-90 at mile post 61
Open seven days a week, year-round (staffed by Black Hills travel counselors)
Spearfish Welcome Center (eastbound)
I-90 at mile post 1
Open seven days a week, mid-May through September


Rest areas offer many of the same amenities as the Welcome Centers, but are not staffed with travel counselors at any point throughout the year. Wi-Fi is not currently available at any of the rest areas.

New Effington (southbound)
I-29 at mile post 250.8
Ward (northbound and southbound)
I-29 at mile post 121.8
Salem (eastbound)
I-90 at mile post 362.3
Salem (westbound)
I-90 at mile post 362.7
White Lake (eastbound)
I-90 at mile post 301.2
White Lake (westbound)
I-90 at mile post 301.7
Vivian (eastbound)
I-90 at mile post 218.4
Vivian (westbound)
I-90 at mile post 221.3
Belvidere (eastbound)
I-90 at mile post 165
Belvidere (westbound)
I-90 at mile post 166.6
Wasta (eastbound)
I-90 at mile post 98.6
Wasta (westbound)
I-90 at mile post 98.6

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