Lynn and I were late to get into the Breaking Bad fan craze. We had heard a lot of great things about the show, but with other shows we were watching it took us a little while to get on board with the rest of the world. When we finally had time to start watching, we were a few seasons behind, so we were able to binge watch through Netflix. I’m glad that’s how we watched the first few seasons because I couldn’t imagine having to wait a week after being left sitting on the edge of my seat at then end of some episodes.
We still consider Breaking Bad to be one of our favorite TV series. Plus, it was one of the few finales we’ve watched in the last few years that didn’t disappoint. To this day we still bring up certain parts of the show in conversation because it left such an impression on us. Okay, so we’re not crazy or anything. We haven’t started a meth lab or anything… we just truly enjoyed how well written the show was.
Researching Breaking Bad Locations
While planning our recent trip to the southwest, we decided we would be flying into Albuquerque and would have some time to do some sight seeing in the area. Obviously, our idea of sight seeing is driving around Albuquerque and visiting filming locations for Breaking Bad. Lynn actually did the research and found a couple different sites that had addresses for a lot of the different filming locations. One of those sites is actually Lonely Planet, which also includes a full map with all of the different Breaking Bad locations.
You could spend multiple days driving around to all of the different locations, but since Lynn and I only had a few hours before we had to leave and head to White Sands National Monument, we chose just a few of the locations. We mapped them out to see where they were exactly and figured out what the most efficient route would be to hit all of them without backtracking.
There are also guided tours that you can pay for, but we are all about saving money so we figured we could easily just drive to all of these locations on our own and save money in the process. It also worked out well for us with the limited time we had. We figured if we were running short on time we could always cut something out and not have to worry about it.
Here are the locations we chose and the order we went to each:
- SPOILER Location – more info below.
- Walt’s House
- Hank’s House
- Jesse’s & Jane’s Apartment
- Los Pollos Hermanos (Twisters)
Our Breaking Bad DIY Tour
1. SPOILER Location
Address: 6855 4th St. NW, Albuquerque, NM
This location would be a spoiler if you have not seen the entire series. We won’t discuss it in this blog post, but if you have seen the series and want more info about this location you can get more info about the spoiler location here.
2. Walt’s House
Address: 3828 Piermont Dr NE, Albuquerque, NM 87111
When we pulled up to Walt’s house we actually felt a little weird. It was mid-morning so we assumed that whoever lived at the house now would be at work or off doing something else, but they were home… and doing some work in their garage. We said, who cares, set up our tripod and took a couple pictures. You can even see in our picture that they have “Private Property” signs up all over their lawn. There is also a sign that warns the property has surveillance cameras as well.
Apparently we were more rude than some people, since we just hopped out of our car and took pictures. A couple arrived as we were walking away and actually asked permission to take some pictures. The owners agreed unenthusiastically. I guess how enthusiastic could you really be? Lynn and I were both thinking that the owners would embrace their situation much like the owners of the Goonies house in Astoria, Oregon did, but they didn’t.
3. Octopus Car Wash
Address: 9516 Snow Heights Circle NE, Albuquerque, NM 87112
It didn’t take us long to get from Walt’s house to the car wash, but when we got there we noticed it wasn’t anything overly interesting. Really just a car wash surrounded by a really big and empty parking lot. We just decided to take a picture of the outside and didn’t actually go in to check out the inside. I guess we could have paid for a car wash, but that would have required spending money… not something we like to do.
4. Hank & Marie’s House
Address: 4901 Cumbre Del Sur Ct NE, Albuquerque, NM 87111
Hank & Marie’s house was a little bit further away and definitely in a nicer neighborhood compared to the other filming locations. This house was up on a hill and had a view of the city of Albuquerque. It seemed like this location was a little more obscure compared to Walt’s house. There were no private property signs up, so we just set up the tripod again and took a quick photo of us in front of the house.
5. Jesse & Jane’s Apartment
Address: 323 Terrace St SE, Albuquerque, NM 87106
This location was another quick stop for us. For some reason in my mind it didn’t even look like the street that I remember them living on and the apartment building was in a lot worse shape than it was in the show. I jumped out of the car, snapped a couple of photos and we were on our way.
6. Los Pollos Hermanos (Twisters)
Address: 4275 Isleta Boulevard Southwest, Albuquerque, NM 87105
Our final stop was at the famous Los Pollos Hermanos fast food restaurant (actually opperating as Twisters). We didn’t want to be rude just walking in, taking some pictures, then leaving… so we did what any normal customer would do. We used the bathroom and bought a drink.
All the signs in and around the restaurant say Twisters, but there is a Los Pollos Hermanos logo painted on the one wall of the restaurant. I really wanted to sit in the both that Walt sat in waiting for Gus, but the booth I thought was the booth, was not actually the booth. I was annoyed that there were a group of girls sitting at the booth, but in the end it didn’t really matter because it was the wrong booth. I’m going to end this thought right now because I’ve officially used the word booth more in the last couple sentences than I ever have before.
Lynn and I looked around the restaurant and tried to find the best person possible to take our picture in front of the sign. Luckily we chose someone that knew exactly why we were taking the photo. The girls in the booth were confused as to exactly what Los Pollos Hermanos was… very happy we didn’t ask them.
I think Lynn and I can both agree that the each of the locations we visited weren’t the most interesting, but we had fun driving around to see each of them. Taking photos and being able to document our Breaking Bad tour was probably the best part of our adventure.
I’m not sure what the guided tours are like, but I would definitely recommend picking out what Breaking Bad locations you want to visit and just planning out your own DIY tour. It’s fun and really only takes a couple hours of your day to see some of the more popular filming locations.
Have you been to any of the Breaking Bad filming locations? If so, let us know what you thought in the comments!