10Best Takes a Breaking Bad Tour of Albuquerque

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    ABQ Trolley Co.'s "BaD" Tour

    The hit TV series Breaking Bad has put Albuquerque on the international travel map, and the best way to start your explorations of the world of Walter White and Jesse Pinkman is on the ABQ Trolley Co's "BaD Tour." The 3.5-hour tour takes visitors to 13 filming locations, with trivia and prizes along the way.

    Photo courtesy of Leigh Green

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    Los Pollos Hermanos is Really Twisters Burritos

    No Breaking Bad filming location tour would be complete without at stop at Los Pollos Hermanos, the fried chicken franchise used by Gus Fring as a front for his drug business. In reality, Los Pollos Hermanos is actually Twisters Grill, a local favorite burrito joint where tour passengers can step inside for a taste of New Mexico green chile.

    Photo courtesy of Leigh Green

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    Jesse Pinkman's House

    Another stop on the tour takes you all the way back to the first season to Jesse Pinkman's house, where Jesse makes his first chemistry faux pas while trying to rid himself of a rival drug dealer's body. The house makes appearances throughout the next four seasons as well.

    Photo courtesy of ABQ Trolley Co

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    The Car Wash

    For Albuquerque residents, the most recognizable landmark from Breaking Bad is the car wash where Walter works in the early episodes of the series -- the same car wash that his wife Skyler later purchases to help launder their influx of drug money. If you find yourself driving through the Land of Enchantment, be sure to shine up the car at this working Octopus Car Wash.

    Photo courtesy of John Phelan

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    See Little-Known Locations on 'Biking BaD' Tour

    If you're looking for a more active on-location experience, Routes Bicycle Rentals & Tours is offering a themed Biking Bad Tour, with five different ways to relive the show. Each of the five tours follows a different character, taking you to a dozen locations unique to that person's story. These tours complement the ABQ Trolley Co BaD Tour by taking you to some little known locations.

    Photo courtesy of Routes Rentals

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    Take the Breaking Bad Cooking Class

    If Walter and Jesse have awakened your inner chemist, Great Face and Body -- a local eco-friendly day spa -- has just the experience for you. During a 60-minute Breaking Bad Cooking Class, you'll learn the secret recipes to Blue Sky bath salts and edible candy. You'll go home a certified BrBa Cookologist with the skills necessary to recreate these products at home.

    Photo courtesy of Great Face and Body

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    The Candy Lady's Breaking Bad Candy

    Whether you bike, trolley or cook (or all three!), you should pick up some snacks for the journey. The Candy Lady in Old Town has been busy cooking up Breaking Bad blue ice candy. Grab one for yourself at $1 per bag or bring some home for friends and family. Halloween's just around the corner, and The Candy Lady will help you complete your Heisenberg costume with a Walter White Hat.

    Photo courtesy of Megan Ryan

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    Blue Sky Donuts from Rebel Donuts

    Rebel Donuts, a local bakery specializing in unique doughnut flavors, like Banana Split, Jager Bomb, Nacho and French Toast, is also getting in on the Breaking Bad action with the introduction of the Blue Sky doughnut topped with their signature Blue Sky candy. Look familiar?

    Photo courtesy of Megan Ryan

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    Marble Brewery Shows Walter's Two Sides

    After your tour, head to Marble Brewery for some themed libations. On August 8, just in time for the show's premiere, Marble will release two new brews. Heisenberg’s Dark, an India Black Ale, represents the darker side of Walter White, while Walt’s White Lie, an India White Ale, symbolizes Walt as the family man. Give them both a try in the downtown tap room.

    Photo courtesy of Marble Brewery

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    Bathing Bad Bath Salts from Great Face and Body

    After a busy day in Albuquerque, you'll be ready to clean up back at your hotel, and the folks at Great Face and Body are ready to help with their new line of blue products inspired by the series. These clever chemists are cooking up perfectly legal Bathing Bad Bath Salts, as well as blue soaps, lotions and scrubs. Keep up with all of Albuquerque's Breaking Bad happenings at www.ItsATrip.org/BreakingBad.

    Photo courtesy of Great Face and Body

About Lydia Schrandt

Lydia, photo editor and Readers' Choice Production Manager for USA TODAY 10Best, has traveled to more than 30 countries in Europe, Asia and North and South America, and has lived in Albuquerque, Galveston, Austin, Thailand, Korea, China, Ecuador, Colombia, Argentina, Brazil and now Spain. When she's not at her computer in a cafe, she's out photographing the city, writing fiction or cheering on Barça.

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