I would just like to dispel this myth that Utah is the least fun place in the universe. I don't know where this idea comes from. It is definitely true that as a city, Salt Lake City is not as cultured or exciting as cities like Boston or San Francisco. But it is, nevertheless, a decent sized city, and has, to some extent, all the things you would expect to find in an urban environment, but possibly less crime. If you like the outdoors, and things like mountain biking and hiking and rock climbing, then southern Utah is a great place to spend a weekend. However, I think I would rather die than live down there. Also, if you are a skier, I don't know of a better location.
I am not saying I would choose Utah over Boston. But you could definitely do a lot worse than Utah, and in fact, I would say that many on this forum are going to locations that I consider much worse.