Well, after four days cruising the roads of Utah, I can highly recommend it. Everywhere you drive, snowcapped mountains line the horizon, while the landscape changes from red rock to wild-west scrub to pine forest. In Zion, we climbed "Angel’s Landing", so named because parts of the hike have you walking along a metre-wide path with a 1500 foot drop on either side. The Arches national park is real Grand Canyon-like scenery, with erosion creating the most spectacular rock sculptures.
The only downside of travelling in Utah on a hot day is that it’s very hard to find a cold beer. At our hotel on Monday night, I asked the clerk where we might find a bar. "Weeeeel", he said. "Ah heard there’s a place ‘cross the road serves al-co-hol. Never been there mahself, mind you." (Turned out there was no such bar). In Salt Lake City, the Mormon culture is intense. At age 18 (for men) and 21 (for women), Mormons can go on an optional 18-month "mission", where they can be sent anywhere in the world.
When they get back, Mormons are encouraged to marry young and have big families. Which means that in Salt Lake City, there’s wedding rings and kids everywhere you turn, and no shortage of minvans on the road. I’m afraid I didn’t provide a conversion for anyone, but it is a fabulously friendly place to visit. Knocking on doors for 18 months certainly seems to give everyone good training for striking up a conversation with a couple of curious Aussie visitors.