The Breaking Bad 2.0 Tour: Treading Lightly in Albuquerque
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If you ever get the opportunity to visit Albuquerque and you’re a fan of Breaking Bad, be sure to grab a seat on one of the ABQ Trolley Company’s Breaking Bad-themed tours.
Currently, they offer the Bad Tour, a three-hour tour hitting the most well-known spots from the show, and the Bad 2.0 Tour, a two-hour jaunt through some of the lesser-known but still just as awesome filming locales.
If you ever do plan to take that tour, don’t proceed any further, as I’m about to show you the photos I took while on the Bad 2.0 Tour.
Or, in words you may be more familiar with, tread lightly through this post.
Click the first image to start a slideshow. Be sure to read the captions for details and trivia on what you’re looking at!
Our trusty steed, courtesy of the ABQ Trolley Co.
Our very knowledgeable guides, one of whom was actually named Jesse.
A fetching wife who endures my Breaking Bad fandom
Our first stop, the Albuquerque Sheriff’s Office, used a few times in the show. It’s directly across from the Civic Plaza.
Civic Plaza, when Jesse finally turned on Walt.
We each received a free Heisenberg cookie.
Lovelace Medical Center was used a few times for hospital scenes. More notably, the playground on the left side is where Mike Erhmantraut hung out with his granddaughter Kaylee.
Mike Erhmantraut’s quaint home.
The Grove coffeshop, where Lydia Rodarte-Quayle received one too many packets of Stevia. Also, one of my favorite photos from the trip since the guy inside must have known what we were all gawking at. He’s sitting at the same table that Lydia did during her last meeting with Odd Todd Alquist (aka Meth Damon).
The Crossroads Motel, where the actress who played Wendy was so convincing that someone tried to purchase her services during filming.
Lydia Rodarte-Quayle’s “Houston” home.
Madrigal Electromotive’s “Houston” offices, conveniently located just a few miles from Lydia’s house.
Remember KENWINS? This is where Walter White exploded his car.
Where you can order roof pizza minus the roof. In the show the real place was called Venezia’s, and there’s a sign on their intercom outside that still shows “Venezia’s.”
This is how you run a business, by buying roof pizza for everyone on board!
My winnings for answering one of the trivia questions the guides asked throughout the ride. They said this was Bryan Cranston’s favorite salsa, from a local place in ABQ called El Pinto.
Kuby and Huell made like Scrooge McDuck in one of these storage units, and Skyler asked Walter, “When is enough enough?”
We watched one of the last scenes of the show before pulling up to the neo-nazi compound.
Per the guides, we may have been the last tour to see this area as it’s being demolished for future buildings. This is where the finale occurred and everyone got what was coming to them.
An iconic gate if ever there was one. This is where Jesse fled his captors.
If you need a cleaner, you visit the vacuum repair shop.
It was a … a … a fugue state.
A non-descript strip mall, but imagine a large, inflatable Statue of Liberty on top of the building and you may just spy Saul Goodman’s office.
Gus Fring’s fried chicken front.
Fortunately, Twisters pays homage to the restaurant that put them on the map, Los Pollos Hermanos.
“Have an A1 Day!” The A1A Car Wash, now unfortunately owned by an Octopus and not by Walter Jr.
Hank and Marie Schraders home.
Walter and Skyler White’s home. Right after I took this picture, I was going to pose with my book in front of the house (albeit down the street). Then the garage door opened and one of the owners sat in a chair within the garage. I waved. She waved back, but it was definitely a wave that said “tread lightly.” I left quickly.
Anna Gunn showed up in our hotel room.
Finally, my favorite picture of the trip for wholly ego-centric purposes.