Well of course there's the coast. The stretch of US 101 between Gold Beach and Brookings to the south is considered one of the most "oooooohhh!" and "wow!" scenic drives in the state, and one that’s usually less trafficked than up north. Look for waysides; there are lots of picnic spots and hiking trails.
But turn off the highway and you’ll find as much to be amazed by. Considered one of the most beautiful is Floras Lake County Park, off US 101 just north Port Orford. While you’re up here, check out nearby Cape Blanco State Park, the westernmost point in the continental United States, and the Elk River, also marked along US 101.
Closer is the Lower Rogue River Highway, County Road 595, that takes you up and into the hills east of Gold Beach.
A good map and recommendations from locals is your best bet when in town, because the drives vary with the season. Ask about azalea blooms and spring iris fields.