North Carolina Welcome Centers

North Carolina's nine Welcome Centers promote thousands of tourism-related businesses — attractions, accommodations, events and more — to visitors already in the state actively seeking travel information. Located on Interstate highways just inside the state line, each Welcome Center has a statewide focus, with an emphasis on information for visitors traveling a particular interstate corridor. Professional, nationally-certified travel counselors located at each Welcome Center:

  • Distribute the state's Official North Carolina Travel Guide, the Department of Transportation's official state map, and other marketing publications exclusively about North Carolina.
  • Offer detailed travel information in clean, modern facilities.
  • Book room reservations at no charge for visitors staying overnight in North Carolina.

The Welcome Centers are open from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. daily. The centers are closed on New Year's Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Facility information about the each of the North Carolina Welcome Center locations is listed below.

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Individual Welcome Centers

I-26 East

I-26 East

I-26 East Welcome Center

Located at Polk County, Westbound I-26 Milepost 36, north of South Carolina line.

Manager

Kathy West
kathywest@nccommerce.com
(828) 894-2120

Address

Physical Address
I-26 at Mile Marker 68
Columbus, NC 28722

Mailing Address
PO Box 249
Columbus, NC 28722

Parking Spaces

  • Cars: 41
  • Car/Trailer: 5
  • Trucks: 7

This facility was opened in 1983 and was renovated in 2005.

I-26 West Welcome Center

I-26 West Welcome Center

Located at Madison County, Eastbound I-26 6 miles east of Tennessee state line.

Manager

Vickie Sealock
vsealock@nccommerce.com
(828) 689-4257

Address

Physical Address
I-26 at Mile Marker 6
Mars Hill, NC 28754

Mailing Address
P.O.Box 1210
Mars Hill, NC 28754

Parking Spaces

  • Cars: 77
  • Car/Trailer: 10
  • Trucks: 30

This facility was opened in 2003.

I-40 West Welcome Center

I-40 West Welcome Center

Located at Haywood County, Eastbound I-40 milepost 10, east of Tennessee state line

Manager

Mary Ann Teague
mteague@nccommerce.com
(828) 627-6206

Address

Physical Address
I-40 at Mile Marker 10
Waynesville, NC 28786

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 809
Waynesville, NC 28786

Parking Spaces

  • Cars: 75
  • Car/Trailer: 7
  • Trucks: 10

This facility was opened in 1970 and was renovated in 1995

I-77 North Welcome Center

I-77 North Welcome Center

Located Surry County, Southbound I-77 milepost 105, south of Virginia state line.

Manager

Jeff Mills
jmills@nccommerce.com 
(336) 320-2181

Address

Physical Address
I-77 at Mile Marker 105
Dobson, NC 27017

Mailing Address
PO Box 1066
Dobson, NC 27017

Parking Spaces

  • Cars: 75
  • Car/Trailer: 8
  • Trucks: 10

This facility was opened in 1982 and renovated in 1997.

I-77 South Welcome Center

I-77 South Welcome Center

Located at Mecklenburg County, Northbound I-77 milepost 1, north of South Carolina line.

Manager

Louie Comer
ccomer@nccommerce.com
(704) 588-2660

Address

Physical Address
I-77 at Mile Marker 1
Charlotte, NC 28241-0724

Mailing Address
PO Box 410724
Charlotte, NC 28241

Parking Spaces

  • Cars: 66
  • Car/Trailer: 11
  • Trucks: 17

This facility was opened in 1986 and was partially renovated in 2009.

I-85 South Welcome Center

I-85 South Welcome Center

Located at Cleveland County, Northbound I-85 Milepost 2, north of South Carolina line.

Manager

Victoria Bingman

Victoria.bingman@nccommerce.com

(704)937-7861

Address

Physical Address
I-85 at Mile Marker 2
Kings Mountain, NC 28086

Mailing Address
5 Northbound I-85
Kings Mountain, NC 28086

Parking Spaces

  • Cars: 60
  • Car/Trailer: 10
  • Trucks: 18

This facility was opened in 1972 and was renovated in 2004

I-85 North Welcome Center

I-85 North Welcome Center

Located at Warren County, Southbound I-85 milepost 231, south of Virginia State line.

Manager

Cherie Nielsen
cherie.nielsen@nccommerce.com
(252) 456-3236

Address

Physical Address
I-85 at Mile Marker 231
Norlina, NC 27563

Mailing Address
PO Box 156
Norlina, NC 27563

Parking Spaces

  • Cars: 49
  • Car/Trailer: 8
  • Trucks: 16

This facility was opened in 1968 and was renovated in 2000.