Get your kicks on a nostalgic, kitschy, friendlier-than-a-front-porch drive down the Midwest stretch of Route 66. We dug up our favorite captures from the Mother Road in Illinois, Missouri and Oklahoma, listed from north to south.

By Jess Hoffert

1. Splashy launch

Buckingham Fountain in Chicago by @kwkristi

2. Fueling up

Lou Mitchell's Restaurant and Bakery in Chicago by @sarah990

3. Down home

Dell Rhea's Chicken Basket in Willowbrook, Illinois, by @nathanmichael

4. Giant dreams

Gemini Giant in Wilmington, Illinois, by @ihanslope

5. Photo op

Route 66 mural in Pontiac, Illinois, by @grebennikovs

6. Better together

Cozy Dog Drive-In in Springfield, Illinois, by @gracedeer

7. Supreme court

Macoupin County Courthouse in Carlinville, Illinois, by @erinkorsmo

8. Serving nostalgia

Ariston Cafe in Litchfield, Illinois, by @blnqita

9. Turn back

Henry's Rabbit Ranch near Staunton, Illinois, by @mrsgembagemba

10. Treasure trunk

Pink Elephant Antique Mall in Livingston, Illinois, by @sunrecords54

11. Crossing over

Chain of Rocks Bridge in Granite City, Illinois, by @a700xx

12. Sweet spot

Ted Drewes Frozen Custard in St. Louis by @sgmhayes1130

13. Deep discovery

Meramec Caverns in Sullivan, Missouri, by @kierralynnmundt

14. Rock star

The Route 66 Rocker in Cuba, Missouri, by @ashbwallace

15. Permanent vacancy

John's Modern Cabins in Newburg, Missouri, by @drewmaniac

16. Telephones refrigerated

The Munger Moss Motel in Lebanon, Missouri, by @padremorning

17. Pit stop

Gary's Gay Parita in Halltown, Missouri, by @66icons

18. Order up

Clanton's Cafe in Vinita, Oklahoma, by @manleym21

19. Something fishy

Blue Whale in Catoosa, Oklahoma, by @dbernard2000

20. Rounded out

The Arcadia Round Barn in Arcadia, Oklahoma, by @brocksawyer

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