Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) – Not two days ago, Sarah Palin was all but written off as a possible presidential contender by the national media and Republican insiders who considered the field of 2012 candidates to be settled.
Now, fittingly, one of the country's most unpredictable political figures is preparing to prove them wrong.
Palin announced on the SarahPAC website that she has laid the groundwork for a nationwide tour, beginning this weekend in the nation's capital, that will once again thrust her into the national spotlight as she decides whether to seek the GOP nomination.
"As we look to the future, we are propelled by America's past. It's imperative that we connect with our founders, our patriots, our challenges and victories to clearly see our way forward," she said, in a statement.
"A good way to do this is to appreciate the significance of our nation's historic sites, patriotic events and diverse cultures, which we'll do in the coming weeks on our "One Nation" tour.
The multi-city journey will take the former Alaska governor to a series of historical sites along the East Coast "that were key to the formation, survival and growth of the United States of America," a Palin source told CNN.
Other stops on the week-long tour are expected to include the civil war battlefields at Gettysburg and Antietam, Philadelphia–to visit the Liberty Bell–and one in New Hampshire.
The tour is primed to garner a flood of media attention thanks to the slow-starting presidential race.
It will begin over Memorial Day weekend, during Sunday's Rolling Thunder rally in Washington, an annual pilgrimage of bikers to honor fallen soldiers and prisoners of war.
News of the tour comes as speculation about Palin's presidential intentions reaches fever pitch.
After remaining relatively quiet throughout the spring, Palin recently rehired former advisers Jason Recher and Doug McMarlin, CNN has confirmed.
Recher and McMarlin organized travel logistics for Palin in the year following her return to Alaska after the 2008 presidential campaign, but they parted ways last year. The two men would be instrumental in mounting a presidential effort should she decide to run.
Palin has also given her blessing to a $1 million feature-length movie about her rise to the governor's office in Alaska that will be shown later this summer in the crucial early caucus and primary states of Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina.
She recently returned from a trip to the Middle East aimed at burnishing her foreign policy credentials.
And reports indicate that the Palins recently purchased a $1.7 million home in Scottsdale, Arizona, which would offer them a more feasible location to run a campaign from than far-away Alaska.
Palin's political action committee would not confirm the purchase or speculate on where a potential campaign would be based.
While political observers have dismissed her chances by pointing out her lack of activity in the early states that typically vault candidates the presidential nomination, her supporters insist that claim overlooks Palin's political mojo.
She is, her backers say, the only potential Republican candidate with the kind of star power required to skip early nominating hurdles like the network debates or the closely watched Ames Straw Poll and still be competitive.
CNN's Kevin Bohn contributed to this report.
It's the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine.
good for democrats and president Obama.
Oh my! Run Sarah, Run! At least until it get too hot for you and you quit (again).
1.7 million dollar home....tell me she can relate to the common man/woman.
Let her run – she'll take votes away from Newt.
And as soon as the run gets tough she'll quit anyway
Welcom back, we so need some comedy!
No way on Earth will I vote for this woman What a disgrace to our country.
If this woman becomes president I am moving out of the country!
When is this woman going to stop in her pathetic attempts to gain the office of the presidency? Or is this just another of her means of piling money into her coffers? I truly hope that she does run because it will most certainly guarantee the other party a victory no matter who runs.
Hi Palin i love you!!!!
Just because Palin is going on tour with her sound bites does not mean anything but she wants to squeeze more money out of people stupid enough to pay for her pep rally speeches. I think all half term Governors should make a movie about themselves and go on tour to sell tickets and pretend that they are running for the highest job in the world. 90% of the people that will post a comment on here are more qualified to be POTUS then Sarah Palin will ever be. One thing for sure is if Palin ever got the Republican nod it would end all credibility once and all for Republicans
Watch all the comments and u can almost see the fear she puts into a Dem.. They all still think Hilary is the only woman who should be in the spotlight.,.
Palin strikes fear in the hears of the Liberals.. Plus they hate her because she looks good doing it...
Please run against Obama, please please!!! Then you can finally get your ass kicked off the stage for good!!
wOo hoO!!! Bought time, can finally get the popcorn started to watch this new comdey show.
Go Palin, the only GOP candidate without scandal!
I guess when she heard that Katie Couric was stepping down at CBS she thought she could flash some leg and a smile at male journalists and get a pass on questions of substance.
I hope they don't fall for all the winks, "you betchas", I'm-a-real-American platitudes that are Palins stock in trade.
Like Newt, if you apply root cause corrective action thinking to Sarah, if you ask her "The Five (5) Whys", if she has to do anything but gloss over a topic, she will self destruct.
Meh. She'll never get it, She's simply not POTUS material. Not by a long shot.
We won't have to build that fence on the southern border...Mexico WILL build it....to keep us out.
God, help us.
Sarah Palin is hardly a 'political candidate.' She's unpredictable perhaps to politicians, but sadly to anyone with a pulse, she's predictable and headline-grabbing idiot who remains grossly misinformed.
The folks who think the field is "settled" are probably the same ones who were 100% sure Hillary would win the Democratic nomination. Morons who think they know what is going to happen on the "political stage" a year or more out just demonstrate why we shouldn't bother listening to them.
YES!!!...From a democratic pointof view, notonly is she good for a few laughs but it's going to be great to watch the Rethuglicans eat their young.
4 more years!!!!
Oh, please run, Sarah! And I am a Democrat. The Sarahbots think we liberals are frightened of her. Let me disabuse you of that notion. She couldn't possibly win, so we are hoping she is the Republican nominee. And to watch her run for president, and try to avoid the mainstream media will be priceless. It's actually the Republicans that are fearful of her. They do NOT want her to get the nomination as it would guarantee President Obama another 4 years.
Poor Scottsville Arizona – the only star power Palin has is a very small base of people who are taken in by her street talk.
Run Sarah run so I will vote for Obama in general election.
This woman won't run. All she wants to do is mess things up. Reality Show, Movie in the big screen or a tour will not give the woman intelligence. Of course, we elected Bush . . . one time.