Microsoft Flight Simulator has taken the flight simulator world by storm, mostly due to its sensational graphics and the level of detail that the title can replicate. The game even uses the cloud to accurately place buildings exactly where they are in real life.
This breathtaking detail and level of graphical fidelity mean that there are several great places to take your aircraft to, and here, we’re looking at the very best of those places to fly in Flight Sim.
1. Grand Canyon, United States
At the top of the list surely has to be the Grand Canyon. As one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the size and sheer vastness of the location in real life makes it a popular spot for tourists. The best way to get a look at the canyon, though, is by flying over it.
Flight Simulator does an amazing job of replicating this stunning location, which looks sensational when the game is running on maxed-out graphic settings. For those who feel brave and have an aircraft with good handling, there is, of course, the opportunity to fly into and through the canyon.
2. London, United Kingdom
While this might not seem like that much of an incredible location to fly to, soaring over the city of London will still reveal some fantastic landmarks in the game. Courtesy of the Orbx Landmarks pack, there is so much to see in the UK’s capital.
There is, of course, Buckingham Palace – which you can see if you fly low enough without making things dangerous – the Shard, and Tower Bridge. Even the light cruiser HMS Belfast, which is now part of the Imperial War Museum, can be seen from your aircraft.
3. Mount Fuji, Japan
We’ve all seen the iconic photos of Mount Fuji in Japan, with the Bullet Train running past. It might not be the highest mountain in the world, but there isn’t any denying that Mount Fuji is one of the most beautiful, standing high among almost entirely flat surroundings.
Being able to get up close and personal with this stunning part of the Shizuoka prefecture skyline in Flight Simulator is a sheer joy, especially as we witness the contrast between the greenery around the mountain and the snow-covered peak. Mount Fuji is a must-visit destination in the game.
4. Paris, France
We are now flying to another capital city; Paris is often called the ‘City of Light,’ and that is certainly held true when you glide over the city at night in Microsoft Flight Simulator. There are so many iconic landmarks that you can see and visit in your aircraft.
There’s the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, and so many more other iconic locations to see from the skies. Paris has to be one of the most beautiful capital cities in the world and is certainly one of the best to fly to in Flight Sim.
5. Christ the Redeemer, Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)
Christ the Redeemer is one of the most remarkable landmarks in the world. The colossal statue overlooking Rio de Janeiro was completed in 1931 and stands a staggering 98-foot. Christ the Redeemer is absolutely worth your time visiting, not just for the landmark itself but also for the spectacular surroundings.
Much of the grandeur of the statue can be attributed to how high it towers above the massive Brazilian city. However, it is still very much worth a flight over – as is the city itself, the surrounding coastline, and hills.
6. Pyramids of Giza, Egypt
Ancient Egypt is a fascinating period of human history, particularly when it comes to the pharaohs and the impressive structures that they had built. Among the most impressive, of course, are the remarkable Pyramids of Giza – structures that are worth visiting both in Flight Simulator and in real life.
While not as tall as the Eiffel Tower, these remarkable landmarks are awe-inspiring, and you can’t help but be in bewilderment of the history surrounding them, and the beautiful country in which they reside.
These remarkable locations show that Microsoft Flight Simulator isn’t simply about flying from city to city: it’s about exploring the world and seeing what’s out there without having to pay to go in the real world.