FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, Aug. 29, 2022
CONTACT: Katlyn Svendsen, Global Media & Public Relations Director, South Dakota Department of Tourism, (605) 773-3301
South Dakota’s Welcome Centers Upgraded to Provide Wireless Internet and More Offerings for Visitors
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Tourism is providing more amenities, including free access to wireless internet, at Interstate Welcome Centers.
Since mid-August, travelers along South Dakota’s interstates have had access to free wireless internet at five welcome centers located near Spearfish, Chamberlain, Valley Springs, Vermillion, and Wilmot.
In recent years, the Department of Tourism has partnered with the Department of Transportation on complete reconstruction and remodels of the Wilmot, Valley Springs, and Vermillion Welcome Centers.
The South Dakota Department of Tourism employs approximately 40 travel counselors at the Interstate Welcome Centers from late May through early October at most locations. The counselors provide a welcoming first impression, travel advice, brochures and other print material for area attractions, and travel assistance.
The Department of Tourism has been updating interiors of the centers, including installation of museum-quality displays that depict the history of the area; attractions and offerings available across the state, and interactive display opportunities to engage families in the exhibits.
The Department of Transportation has added displays to inform travelers of road and weather conditions, closures and travel advisories, and incidents & emergencies impacting traffic.
For more information about South Dakota’s welcome centers and rest areas, visit TravelSouthDakota.com/Trip-Ideas/Welcome-Centers.
The South Dakota Department of Tourism is comprised of Tourism and the South Dakota Arts Council. The department is led by Secretary James D. Hagen.