Originally Posted by dougotte
We just returned from a vacation to Santa Fe, but we flew in/out of ABQ, and spent one night there. I searched in vain for Walt or any meth heads. I guess I wasn't in the "right" part of town. Nor did I recognize any architecture, except the tall buildings seen in long shots of downtown. I guess they don't film in historic Old Town...
At one point there was a local tourist company offering tours of popular filming sites, don't know if they still do. Most scenes are filmed at Albuquerque Studios, (on I-25 north), with the outdoor stuff being shot by a second unit. Jesse's grandmother's house is pretty close to Oldtown, actually.
But again, they don't actually film any scenes there unless they are outdoor scenes, and even some of those are fudged. Same for Walt's house, very little is shot there.
One interesting tidbit is that when we see characters driving in a car, most times the background scenery is the actual route they would be taking through town to go from A to B.
The carwash is one that I go to regularly. The Chicken joint that Gus ran is actually a popular local burrito chain. (Twisters).