Travelers visit information centers in high numbers

Travelers visit information centers in high numbers It's been a busy year for South Dakota Information Centers along Interstates 90 and 29.

The trend continued in July when 79,785 vehicles visited the state's 10 Information Centers. That's an increase of 15.32 percent over July 2001.

The July 2002 figures are the second-highest monthly figures recorded since tracking began in 1984. Data from the South Dakota Department of Tourism shows July 1995 as the highest month recorded when 81,053 vehicles visited the centers.

So far this season, 172,470 vehicles have stopped at the Information Centers. In 2001, 247,337 vehicles were counted.

The highest seasonal volume of traffic recorded at the centers was in 2000, when 282,743 vehicles were recorded.

"We are on track for a record-breaking year in terms of Information Center visitation. Not only are we seeing an increase in vehicles, we are also seeing more families traveling," said Patricia Van Gerpen, Department of Tourism secretary.

The centers are located near Chamberlain, New Effington, Salem, Spearfish, Tilford, Valley Springs, Vermillion, Vivian, Wasta and Wilmot. For more information on South Dakota vacations, call 1-800-SDAKOTA (1-800-732-5682) or visit

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