On the west side of the highway, midway between Port Orford and Gold Beach, you’ll come across one of the Oregon coast’s tackiest but most enduring and enjoyable tourist traps, the Prehistoric Gardens (541/332-4463, daily, $12 adults). Standing out like a sore thumb on this otherwise unspoiled stretch of US-101, brightly colored, more or less life-size dinosaur sculptures inhabit the evocatively lush green forest. Since 1955, when amateur paleontologist E. V. Nelson sculpted his first concrete T. rex, nearly two dozen more have been added to the forest menagerie.

Map of Pacific Coast through Oregon.
Pacific Coast through Oregon