PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s 13 Interstate Information Centers open Saturday, May 22, to welcome and aid guests as they travel through the state.
At the centers, visitors can find literature and posters about businesses, attractions and accommodations throughout the state. Travel counselors are also available to answer travel questions and provide background on South Dakota attractions.
An average of 750,000 to 900,000 people stop at the Interstate Information Centers each year.
The centers are open seven days a week, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., and are located along Interstates 29 and 90 near Chamberlain, New Effington, Salem, Spearfish, Tilford, Valley Springs, Vermillion, Vivian, Wasta and Wilmot. The South Dakota Department of Transportation maintains kiosks at each center with road and weather information that is accessible 24 hours a day, year-round.
The centers in Chamberlain, Vermillion and Valley Springs remain open through October to accommodate out-of-state hunters and increased numbers of travelers during the fall hunting season. All other centers close in mid to late September.
The Interstate Information Center travel counselors are hired by the South Dakota Office of Tourism. The efforts of the Information Centers and their staff are part of Goal 1 of the 2010 Initiative to double visitor spending in South Dakota.