PIERRE, S.D. – Continuing their trek across the United States, the Presidents of Mount Rushmore National Memorial will visit Kansas City on May 26-27 and Des Moines on June 7, 8 and 9. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln will visit some of the most popular sites in the cities and personally invite residents to make a trip to South Dakota this summer.
The official visit by the presidential mascots and an accompanying street team from the South Dakota Department of Tourism are part of the newly launched “Your American Journey” campaign. The campaign encourages vacationers to visit places of great historic significance, unimagined beauty and patriotic inspiration within the borders of South Dakota. Kansas City and Des Moines are new target markets this year for the state. The presidents’ visit is just one of many elements being used to attract more visitors from these cities.
“There are a lot of people in Kansas City and Des Moines who perfectly fit the description of our best visitors - young families and empty nesters,” says Jim Hagen, Secretary of the Department of Tourism. “The goal of the presidential mascots’ visit is to get potential visitors excited about coming to see a cultural icon, Mount Rushmore National Memorial, and the other beautiful, breathtaking attractions within the borders of our state. I believe, South Dakota should be a required stop on ‘Your American Journey.’”