Welcome, always great to get some Euro rider's imput.
Alot of my friends in Europe forget how large the distances in Western North America are, and that the terrain varies region by region. I'm 600km from the US border, 250km east of the Rockies on the northern part of the prairies. That makes the roads here very straight and VERY BORING.
I've been through your area, and I have to agree that the Italian roads are awesome!