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
June 24, 2014
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1. Splashy launch

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Buckingham Fountain in Chicago by @kwkristi

2. Fueling up

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

3. Down home

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

4. Giant dreams

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Gemini Giant in Wilmington, Illinois, by @ihanslope

5. Photo op

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Route 66 mural in Pontiac, Illinois, by @grebennikovs

6. Better together

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

7. Supreme court

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Macoupin County Courthouse in Carlinville, Illinois, by @erinkorsmo

8. Serving nostalgia

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Ariston Cafe in Litchfield, Illinois, by @blnqita

9. Turn back

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

10. Treasure trunk

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

11. Crossing over

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

12. Sweet spot

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Ted Drewes Frozen Custard in St. Louis by @sgmhayes1130

13. Deep discovery

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Meramec Caverns in Sullivan, Missouri, by @kierralynnmundt

14. Rock star

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

15. Permanent vacancy

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

16. Telephones refrigerated

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

17. Pit stop

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

18. Order up

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

19. Something fishy

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Blue Whale in Catoosa, Oklahoma, by @dbernard2000

20. Rounded out

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

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