Few games give you such a breadth of choice in places to explore, like Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020. Asobo Studios recreated the entire globe using satellite imagery and artificial intelligence. That means that you can travel anywhere in the world from the comfort of your home.
With so many places to visit, it can be hard to choose where to fly to first. From scenic mountains to sprawling metropolises to vast oceans, all are stunningly beautiful in Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020. Prepare for take-off, Pilot, and for goodness sake, do not crash.
Updated October 28, 2021 by Jerrad Wyche: With Microsoft Flight Simulator recently making its way onto Xbox Series home consoles, there are plenty of new players hopping into the experience for the first time. It may be comforting to fly in and around locations you're familiar with, but the world is full of dazzling environments and structures worth seeing from an airplane's perspective high in the sky.
13 Sydney, Australia
Despite how beautiful of a country and continent it is, people often overlook Australia. Sydney has to be one of the more breathtaking cities the world has to offer, and there's nothing quite like flying right over the Sydney Opera House.
Though the focus in the flight should be on soaring over the skies above Sydney, in general, between the outlands and ocean reefs there are plenty of sights to see in and around Australia. Do yourself a favor and go down under.
12 Cairo, Egypt
Modern humans are and forever will be obsessed with the Egyptian pyramids in an attempt to discover how they precisely came to be. That's why Cairo, Egypt is an obvious destination anyone playing Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 should visit as soon as possible.
Sure the pyramids are the main attraction and will certainly catch your eye, but Egypt, in general, is a country rarely appreciated and explored by outsiders when it comes to everything around those infamous structures. This is a good opportunity to look at how majestic and awe-inspiring modern Egypt is and will give you a better understanding that isn't tied directly to the pyramids.
11 The Forbidden City, China
The Forbidden City in China should be on your travel list simply due to how interesting and mysterious the name is. This location served as the former Chinese Imperial palace and was the residence for the Emperor of China during the winter months, throughout the Ming Dynasty.
It's a beautiful display of Chinese architecture, and the symmetry it displays adds to the overall aesthetic. China is a point of controversy in modern America, and regardless of that, the country has plenty of beautiful locations worth looking at.
10 San Francisco: A Trip Across The Bay
Take flight in the golden state's most beautiful city, San Francisco. The bay area offers plenty of places to explore, including the legendary Golden Gate Bridge. From there, fly over to Alcatraz Island and take in the scenery of the once infamous prison.
Even flying over the San Francisco hills is an incredible sight. It's a truly iconic American City and looks gorgeous from the skies.
9 New Zealand: Lord Of The Scenery
New Zealand is a great country to fly around because of its varied landscapes and pristine countryside. One cool part of flying across the country is checking out all of the volcanoes and mountain ranges.
If the inland doesn't interest you, it is just a short flight over to the coastline. For Lord of the Rings fans, this will probably as close as you can get to flying over Middle-earth, so why not plan a flight that takes you to all of the iconic places they used to recreate Tolkien's fantasy world.
8 Paris: The City of Lights
Paris is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, and it looks incredible in Microsoft Flight Simulator. The best part about flying over Paris is that there is no shortage of landmarks to visit. In a matter of minutes, you can fly by the Effiel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, The Louvre, Basilique du Sacré-Cœur, and Versaille.
All of these landmarks look stunning during the day or at night. If you want to explore a city, Paris is an excellent first stop.
7 Banff: Soar Over The Canadian Rockies
Perhaps the most scenic place in all of Canada, Banff offers expansive forests, snow-capped mountains, and pristine lakes. Flying through the mountains is a perfect mixture of natural beauty and pushing your technical skill level.
If you're looking for a fun flight path, try taking off from Calgary in a small single-engine plane and landing on Banff's all grass runway. If you're looking for some points of interest to fly over, visit Lake Louise, Sunshine Ski Resort, or keep flying west till you get to Vancouver.
6 Tokyo/Mount Fuji: From Mega-City To Natural Wonder
If you're looking for a combination of a metropolis and a natural wonder, then flying from Tokyo to Mount Fuji is worth checking out. Frankly, Tokyo is one of the best cities in the world, and flying over it is equally excellent.
With Mount Fuji looming in the distance, it is irresistible not to start flying in that direction. And it is so worth doing because the still-active volcano is as marvelous as it is iconic.
5 Maldives: Finding That Perfect Ocean Blue
If you're looking for the perfect section of the ocean to fly over, then the Maldives is where you want to go. This archipelagic state is the best combination of tropical ocean water and perfect tropical islands for you to explore. Not to mention, the airports in the Maldives offer a real challenge to players looking for less-than-simplistic landings.
Landing on various islands in the Maldives is beautiful, yes, but, will also earn you your wings landing on intimidating runways.
4 Rio de Janeiro: A World Wonder
The Harbour of Rio de Janeiro is a natural wonder of the world, and rightfully so. The mix of mountains, the Christ the Redeemer statue, and the sprawling cityscape is astonishing to fly through. Not to mention the incredible beaches, that are quintessentially Rio, are breathtaking to soar over.
There are so many details to absorb flying over Rio de Janeiro, and it highlights how impressive the technology in Microsoft Flight Simulator is. The striking beauty of Rio de Janeiro makes it an absolute must-see on your global journey.
3 Iceland: A Flight Of Ice And Fire
Few countries in the world have such raw natural beauty as Iceland. Iceland's natural contrast between icy terrain and volcanic formations makes it a visual splendor from your plane. Additionally, Iceland's unique location in the Atlantic Ocean makes it a great starting or endpoint for cross-Atlantic flights.
The volcanic landscape is a sight to behold from the skies and should be on your shortlist of places to visit in Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020.
2 Mount Kilimanjaro: One Epic Flight
It is tough competition for the most beautiful place to fly to in Africa, but Tanzania takes the cake with Mount Kilimanjaro. Surrounded by extraordinary Savannah, you'll find beautiful herds of wildlife surrounding the enormous Mountain.
After flying by some Elephants, try to make the steep ascent to the top of the Mountain to get an unbelievable view of the surrounding landscape. Mount Kilimanjaro is an excellent location to learn how to fly and a must-see in Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020.
1 The Grand Canyon: The Best View Is From The Sky
The Grand Canyon is one of the seven natural wonders of the world, and for good reason. The sheer size of the Grand Canyon is truly awe-inspiring, and perhaps it is one of the most beautiful places on earth.
The best way to explore the canyon is by flying around it, or for those who are more daring, flying in it. The Grand Canyon should be your first stop in Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 and will blow your mind.
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