I've learned to never judge a state's visual and topographical beauty by it's highways.
Highways are built through the path of least resistance.
One can go along a Wyoming highway and be within a few miles of beautiful gorges, river canyons, etc., and never even know they are there.
Highways are for getting from point A to point B as quickly and easy as possible. I've travelled the country extensively on two wheels and the interstates and freeways are just about the least attractive pathways.
If you want nice scenery, good food, and friendly folk, get off the big paths and follow the little ones. If time is your priority, take the freeway. Close your eyes if you have to [img]images/icons/wink.gif[/img]
Id take any place out there, its alot better than cities, houses as far as i can see, lots of crime, and the skys so full of light you cant see the stars, im in syracuse right now,college, and that isn't even comparable to nyc i say take those barren places and enjoy them for what they are, because when they grow into cities you'll miss it more then you'll ever imagin