What better way for fans to reminisce about Walter White’s journey from Mr. Chips to Scarface than to follow in the footsteps of Heisenberg on this Breaking Bad road trip. Here's our guide to iconic Breaking Bad filming locations—just remember to tread lightly.
Generally speaking, standing outside Walter's house and snapping pictures would probably a bad idea. In Heisenberg’s Albuquerque, you would most likely find yourself dissolving in a plastic barrel, but lucky for us, it’s not such a big deal in real life.
Frances Padilla had no idea what she was getting herself into when she agreed to let her home of 40 years become the fictional residence of the turbulent White family. On a monthly basis, well over 400 cars, filled to the brim with Breaking Bad fans, pull up to her curb and pile out just to take pictures of themselves wearing dad-sunglasses and black bowler hats.
Because no Breaking Bad pilgrimage would be complete without a nod to Saul Goodman, we made sure to include a location, Hooligan's Tavern, where you can grab a beer and pay homage to the sleaziest lawyer in the Southwest. This was where the exterior of Saul's office was shot.
While Walt and Skyler might have been using their A1A Car Wash to clean dirty cash, the real life counterpart, Octopus Car Wash, focuses primarily on cars. You can pull in for a wash, or just snap some photos, as it’s open to the general public.
There might not be a superlab located deep in the basement of this laundry facility, but you can still visit the location that set the stage for many tense moments between Heisenberg and Fring in Season 4's "Delta Linen Supply."
Hydrofluoric acid, a dissolving body in the bathtub, and a heap of fleshy bits all over the hallway: Welcome to Jesse Pinkman’s home.
The location for Pinkman’s fictional home changed sometime during production of the second season when the original homeowners sold the property, but if you pop over to 16th street, you can see both in one easy trip.
Tuco's headquarter's is distinctive-looking. In real life, it's a local coffee shop called Java Joe's, which serves up great breakfast food, baked goods, and live music to go with the coffee.
Nicknamed “The Crystal Palace,” the Crossroads Motel was featured prominently in a musical montage that had everyone humming “Everyone Knows it’s Windy” at work the next day. Though the “Palace” stopped making appearances in later seasons, it’s still an iconic part of Breaking Bad’s imagery.
There were a handful of separate locations used to make up Joe’s Salvage throughout the series, but only one bore witness to the end of Walt's RV: Ace Metals. This location is still an operational metal recycling facility.
The manager of local burrito joint Twisters counts between 30 to 40 fans a day who pull up in cars and cabs, sometimes straight from the airport, all of them curious to meet the real-life Gus Fring.
The popularity of Breaking Bad has been great for business, as interest in the restaurant has brought in extra customers and profit. Fans are excited to sit in the most coveted seat in the place: “Walt’s Booth." When you visit, be sure to have someone snap your picture next to the huge Los Pollos Hermanos mural.
To’hajiilee Reservation is the perfect starting and ending point for a Breaking Bad road trip. It was the first place Walt and Jesse parked the rolling meth lab, and it was prominently featured at the climax of the series.
Formerly known as the Canoncito Reservation, To’hajiilee is a section of the Navajo Nation between three of New Mexico’s southwestern counties. The dry, rocky terrain has a unique beauty.
Though production of the series has long been complete, the effect of Breaking Bad's success on Albuquerque is obvious everywhere you look. Packets of crystal-blue rock sugar, bakeries selling blue meth donuts, and a beauty salon offering a “Bathing Bad” line of bath salts are just a few of the local Heisenberg-themed attractions you can find.
For a place that was mostly known for its annual Balloon Fiesta, the dark and violent nature of the series hasn’t stopped Albuquerque, or its residents, from embracing all the attention Breaking Bad has brought to the city whole-heartedly.