Breaking Bad Tours and Albuquerque Icons

Screenshot of Breaking Bad.
Courtesy of AMC.

Walter White and Jesse Pinkman may be gone from television, but their legacy lives on in Albuquerque. The AMC show about a high school chemistry teacher turned meth cook, Breaking Bad was originally written for a California setting, but production moved to Albuquerque following tax incentives. It was a happy accident, and unlike other productions shot here anonymously, Breaking Bad was explicitly down with the 505.

Breaking Bad Tours

Dedicated fans should book the monthly “BaD Tour” with the ABQ Trolley Co. (800 Rio Grande Blvd. NW, 505/240-8000, Apr.-Oct., 3.5 hours, $65)—though its standard route passes a few filming locations as well.

The bike rental company Routes (404 San Felipe St. NW, 505/933-5667, $60) offers several “Biking Bad” tours every other Saturday; each route follows a different character.

Iconic Breaking Bad Sights

A few other sights around town include:

  • The Dog House hot-dog stand, with its exceptionally fine neon sign, is at 1216 Central Avenue Southwest, near Old Town.
  • Los Pollos Hermanos is actually Twisters, at 4257 Isleta Boulevard Southwest, but the PH logo is painted on the wall outside.
  • Walt and Skyler’s A1A Car Wash is at Menaul and Eubank (9516 Snow Heights Cir. NE, for your GPS).
  • The Grove (600 Central Ave. SE), where Lydia loved her Stevia too well, is a popular café downtown.

As souvenirs of your Albuquerque visit, Great Face & Body (123 Broadway SE, 505/404-6670) sells “Bathing Bad” blue bath salts. The Candy Lady (424 San Felipe St. NW, 505/243-6239), which cooked the prop “meth” for a few episodes, sells its blue hard candy in zip-top baggies.

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