Take a Road Trip to New Mexico and Visit all the Locations Where Breaking Bad was Filmed

175585631For six years the characters on Breaking Bad thrilled and delighted millions of television viewers. But one of the show’s most impressive and memorable characters wasn’t a human being at all. It was the city of Albuquerque, the real-life setting for the vibrant fictional universe created by the Breaking Bad production team.

To give the show a more authentic feel, producers chose to film it almost entirely in New Mexico. The haunting, wind-swept, desolate New Mexico landscape served as the ideal setting for this bleak but mesmerizing program. Actual Albuquerque locations formed the backdrop for many amazing scenes, and it was Albuquerque in particular that left a lasting visual impression in the minds of viewers.

Even though Breaking Bad is no longer on the air, the locations where its most memorable scenes took place are still around. They’ve now been reinvented as tourist attractions for those who can’t let go and want to immerse themselves in the Breaking Bad experience.

Organized tours of the most significant sites are available. But most visitors prefer to customize their trips so they can follow in the footsteps of Walter White all on their own.

Northeast Heights Neighborhood

This is the part of the city where the infamous “Heisenberg” actually resided. While you can’t go inside (a real family lives there) you can drive by the outside of the house where Walter White and his nefarious alter-ego rested their heads each night. Hank and Marie’s home is also in Northeast Heights, and you’ll be able to find that up in the foothills of this quiet, attractive residential neighborhood.

Other noteworthy Northeast Heights locations include La Palomita Park, where Mike used to take his granddaughter, and Paul’s Monterey Inn, the steakhouse and bar where Jesse and Walter often met to plan strategy. Unfortunately the latter is no longer open for business, but at least for now its exterior remains fully preserved.

If you’re in Northeast Heights around lunch or dinner time you can stop in at the Savoy Wine Bar & Grill (a Walter White favorite, and still open) for a bite to eat. And if your car is getting a bit dusty from the desert winds by all means head on over to the Octopus Car Wash for a quick hose-down. The Octopus is the real-life version of the A-1 Car Wash, which Walter bought and ran as a front for money laundering.

Downtown Albuquerque

Northeast Heights and downtown Albuquerque have the densest conglomeration of Breaking Bad-related attractions.

The list of destinations worth visiting in the downtown area includes Jesse Pinkman’s house, Jesse’s parents’ house, Taco’s hideout, the parking garage where Walt planted a bomb in Gus Fring’s car and the car park where Hank got in a shootout with the Cartel.

Albuquerque is a highly walk-able city and these and other downtown destinations are easily accessible on foot. But if you’re a cycling enthusiast you can sign up for a Breaking Bad bicycle tour sponsored by a bike-rental store called Routes Rentals. Or if you want something more relaxing you can relive your Breaking Bad memories in an open-air trolley operated by the aptly-named ABQ Trolley Company.

TV Shows End but Great Memories Are Never Cancelled

The locations we’ve suggested are just a sampling of the Breaking Bad locations you can see—and sometimes even enter—if you visit the Albuquerque area. Maps available online can provide you with the names and addresses of many more points-of-interest.

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Plan a Trip to Sedona, Arizona This Summer

149376451Located in the heart of Arizona, Sedona is a magnificently beautiful desert town. This vibrant arts community is ripe with sightseeing adventures that are perfect for a summer getaway.

  1. Red Rock State Park

Just like its name implies, this park is full of beautiful red rocks, which are part of a 286-acre natural preserve. Tourists can hike these rocks and check out the vibrant wildflowers, panoramic vistas and unique birds. Hikes are available both during the day and at night.

  1. Slide Rock State Park

This park used to be an orchard and now has the fast-flowing channel, Oak Creek, running through it. The creek is perfect for both wading and swimming, as well as for other water activities. Oak Creek is the perfect way to cool off on a hot day while taking in breathtaking views all around you.

  1. Cathedral Rock

The famous landmark is located inside the Coconino National Forest in Yavapai County. At an elevation of 4,921 feet, this rock is perfect for brave hikers who love scenic views. Cathedral rock has been photographed frequently for its majestic beauty.

  1. Stargazing

Since Sedona has almost no light pollution, it is ideal for stargazing. The desert valley is free from dense and towering trees, making the stars more visible in the night sky. In fact, stargazing was named the “Best Thing to Do in Sedona.” Astronomers lead stargazers on tours through this breathtaking valley.

  1. Off-Road Jeep Tours

For rugged, fast-paced tours, choose an off-road Jeep tour. From this vantage point, you’ll be able to see canyons, trails, scenic rims, mines and a ghost town. A Jeep’s open structure can make you feel connected to the landscape while being able to traverse it quickly.

  1. Arts

Check out Sedona’s strong arts scene and pick up a piece of handcrafted jewelry or wall art from an independent artist.

  1. Spas

Sedona has many spas available to tourists who want to relax and get pampered. Since Sedona is such a peaceful place in and of itself, it’s the perfect getaway for a spa retreat.

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