The show was initially set in Riverside where we used to live and is a short 23 mile drive from our home. But the cost was too high for Sony Pictures, so it was reset in Albuquerque. Lucky for us we had to drive through Albuquerque to get to the last National Park we are visiting.
When we lived in Humboldt County we would drive or fly to Southern California to go to Knott's Scary Farm. P always made sure we would go during the day solely so I could get my Snoopy fix. We would stay at the Radisson Hotel and ate their over priced breakfast because Snoopy would drop by to pose for pictures. So there I was a grown adult getting all excited over a short person wearing a dog costume. P did that because he wanted me to be happy and would not even get embarrassed by my behavior around Snoopy. Today is time to pay P back for indulging me so often.
This is Walt's house on the show. There is one scene where Walt tosses a pizza still in the carton onto the house's roof. The actor actually did it in one take, with the pizza flying out of the carton. The show ended three years ago and people still flock to the locations. There was a family in a van with New Jersey plates that would arrive shortly after us at the locations. The elderly couple who own the home are sick of the attention. They are also sick of jerks throwing pizzas on their roof.
This is Saul's office, he is a sleazy lawyer who laundered money for Walt. You can tell he is a sleaze ball just by the gaudy decor.
Saul's office is actually a bar called Sinners and Saints.
The car wash has changed ownership a few times, but it remains structurally the same.
Inside the candy shop.
Jesse Pinkman's house.
Dog House where Jesse made many of his drug transactions.
Jesse was Walt's student in high school. Not much of a chemistry student but a hell of a good meth producer.
SS decided to sit this one out, she was busy eating.
Tuco's headquarters. Tuco was the major meth distributor in Albuquerque. Walt was working with him until Tuco;s people beat up Jesse. So Walt retaliated by blowing up his headquarters.
Another location that was used as is, Crossroads hotel. This is a shot from the show, not a real prostitute.
Jesse's and Jane's apartments.
The actor on the booth played Mike, a "fixer" who worked with Walt. This is his favorite diner, in real life is Loyola's. We arrived after closing time (2:00 p.m.) and could not get to Mike's booth. Do you see the blue building outside?
That let us know we were in the right place. We really had a blast visiting the locations, we are geeky that way. SS was into it as well because it was practically a scavenger hunt. We missed going to Los Pollos Hermanos which was a Twisters (fried chicken), and sadly it went out of business.