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Interstate Information Centers Open This Weekend 2012


PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s 12 Interstate Information Centers open Thursday, May 24 , 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.

The Centers are open seven days a week, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 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.

More than 675,000 people stop at the Interstate Information Centers each year.

“South Dakota Stories” is a series of CDs that covers driving routes, attractions, and historic sites along several routes in South Dakota. The travel CDs can be checked out at any of the 12 Information Centers. The Information Centers also offer picnic shelters and pet exercise areas.

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 season. All other Centers close in mid to late September.

The Interstate Information Center travel counselors are hired by the South Dakota Department of Tourism.