Welcome Centers & Rest Areas
INDOT currently operates 19 rest area locations, with 30 separate rest area facilities on Indiana’s interstate highways. Eleven rest area locations have buildings on both sides of the interstate (22 buildings) while eight sites are located on only one side of the interstate.
Each INDOT rest area and welcome center contains parking lots and driveways, various building types, restroom facilities, water fountains, picnic areas, vending services, numerous other site amenities, and a variety of tourism/traveler related services.
Vending services for INDOT rest areas and welcome centers are provided by Indiana Family and Social Services Administration division of Blind and Visually Impaired Services in accordance with Indiana Code. Local tourist organizations operate the tourist information services through the Indiana Tourism Commission at the welcome centers.
INDOT rest areas and welcome centers have parking areas allotted for buses, tractor-trailer trucks, and recreational vehicles. INDOT rest areas/welcome centers currently have 1,444 semi-truck parking spaces across the state – an average of 48 parking spaces at each facility.
Rest areas/welcome centers are highly regulated by the FHWA. Since FHWA funding is used to build rest areas, a number of federal laws govern the use of rest areas. Federal law prohibits commercialization and privatization of rest areas. Federal law prohibits access to the rest areas/welcome centers from a private business or commercial location as well as access from a local road, either by vehicle or a pedestrian walkway.
Use the map below to locate INDOT’s rest areas and welcome centers. Click on each location icon to see more information about the specific facility at that location.