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    Sep 17, 2013

    The Ultimate "Breaking Bad" Travel Guide

    Join us on a whistle-stop tour of Albuquerque's meth hot spots. (Warning: spoilers galore).

    OK. Let's take a Breaking Bad trip. First up, you're going to need some wheels.

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    A 1986 Fleetwood Bounder would do nicely.

    Then you're going to need to set the sat nav for Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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    Approach the city from the west, taking a detour at the Tohajiilee Indian Reservation.

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    This stunning portion of the Navajo Nation is sparsely populated, numbering less than 2,000 residents. It's an arid land of red and ochre plateaus, mesas and imposing rock formations.

    To' Hajiilee is the name of the 13th episode of Season Five, and is interpreted as "bringing up water from a natural well".

    Have a look for Walt's buried money.

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    These beautiful, barren sands have served as the location for early meth cooks, cash stash spots, and a monumental shoot out in recent weeks.

    Adventures Outwest can provide ATVs if you want to get a feel for the place.

    Now it's time to head into ABQ proper.

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    Albuquerque is home to half a million people and is the state's only major metropolis. Sandwiched between the Rio Grande and the Sandia Mountains it's a pretty cinematic spot and assumes a lead role in Breaking Bad.

    Here you can take a trolley tour.

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    The BaD tour busses 34 people to 13 sights across the city.

    Or a bike or limousine tour.

    That last one is offered by The Candy Lady.

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    She also does a fine line in "crystal meth candy", selling it for $1 a bag from her sweet shop in Albuquerque's old town.

    They take you to the main sites. Like Los Pollos Hermanos...

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    It's actually called Twisters in real life.

    Address: 4257 Isleta Boulevard Southwest.

    ...where the chicken is seasoned with only the finest herbs and spices.

    Albuquerque's pretty big though, so you may be better off grabbing a map and going it alone.

    That way you can split the city up, and tick off all the sights on the east side - like the White house - first.

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    Address: 3828 Piermont Dr NE.

    Be sure to say hi to the lady who lives there.

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    She gets a couple of hundred visits a month, apparently. Many of them hurl pizzas on to the roof by way of tribute.

    The Octopus car wash is just around the corner.

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    Are you having an A1 day yet?

    Address: 9560 Snow Heights Circle NE.

    Cowboy's Bar, where Walt meets Jane's father, is nearby too.

    Eastern Albuquerque is also home to the nondescript corner of ABQ they used for Saul Goodman's office.

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    Address: 9800 Montgomery Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM.

    It's got to be time for some lunch.

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    Jesse and Walt came for a nutritious breakfast after another gruesome clean-up and Mr White celebrated his 52nd birthday here.

    Address: 2608 Central Ave. SE.

    OK. Let's explore central ABQ. The Crossroads Motel is another key sight.

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    This cosy spot features in several of BB's most insalubrious scenes, most notably when Hank takes Walt Jr junkie spotting. NB: if you're thinking of staying here during your trip, have a quick gander at the place's crucifixion on Tripadvisor first...

    Address: 1001 Central Ave. NE, Central Ave and I-25.

    Jesse and Jane's duplex is nearby.

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    For a while it was home to such fun, but all good things have to come to an end.

    Address: Lead Avenue Southeast / Terrace Street Southeast.

    The Fair N Square supermarket is round here too.

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    It's where Walt faked amnesia.

    OK, let's head west to Java Joes.

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    Tuco's lair might have been blown sideways in the show thanks to a small serving of mercury fulminate, but in real life Java Joe's serves up 20 different coffees and features an exhibition of local artworks.

    Address: 906 Park Avenue SW.

    Be sure to stop off at the Dog House

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    This spot crops up a couple of times, most notably as the place where Jesse picks up a piece. You can grab a footlong chili cheese dog.

    Address: 1216 Central Ave SW.

    So, what else is worth seeing? The John B Robert Dam for starters.

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    Just don't go getting in any vans...

    Address: Juan Tabo Blvd and Osuna Rd NE.

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    The Civic Plaza is a crucial stop.

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    It's where Jesse, wired for sound, very nearly stung Walt but pulled out at the last minute during Season 5 episode Rabid Dog. The plaza is part of Downtown Albuquerque's 10-year, multi-million dollar revitalization.

    Address: 321 4th Street NW.

    Swing by here if you have time.

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    You may recognise this nondescript plot as the home of ABQ's own Vamonos Pest Control, a specialist company whose Facebook page has for some reason been seized by the DEA.

    You may want to stop by Delta Uniform Cleaners too.

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    Gustavo Fring did some work in the basement during Seasons 3 and 4.

    Address: 1613 Candelaria Rd. NE.

    Pay this building a visit before it goes.

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    Home on the show to the Casa Tranquila Nursing Home, which features prominently in Season 4 finale Face Off, this building is empty and earmarked for destruction.

    Address: 8820 Horizon Blvd. NE.

    Head out to the Big Chief gas station at some point.

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    Just come with a full tank - the pumps are long gone. Jesse bought some gas for a bag of meth in Season 3.

    Address: US Hwy 550 near Zia Pueblo.

    Finish off your trip with some tableside guacamole at The Taqueria.

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    The Schraders and the Whites turned it down in their somewhat uncomfortable Season 5 sit down.

    Address: 2100 Louisiana Blvd NE.

    Oh, and maybe see some non-BB stuff too...

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    The neon-lit Central Avenue, Nob Hill district, Indian Pueblo Cultural Centre and October's massive hot-air balloon rally are all worth checking out.

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