The World’s Most Iconic Locations In Microsoft Flight Simulator

The World’s Most Iconic Locations In Microsoft Flight Simulator
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Microsoft Flight Simulator says you can fly anywhere in the world, soaring over and landing near some of the world’s most iconic locations and greatest spots. But Flight Simulator also has some strange ideas about real life. So what exactly does the best of the world look like in Flight Simulator?

Here’s a quick breakdown of some of the world’s most iconic locations. You can fly over some of these directly, with places like the Opera House and Angkor Wat directly marked in-game as points of interest. Others, particularly in countries where Bing Maps isn’t quite as accurate or complete, users have had to find themselves.

If you have any great spots of your own, or things that should be added, let me know in the comments! The world’s a big place.

Angkor Wat

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Image: Kotaku

Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge (or lack of it)

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Image: Kotaku

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco

Aogashima (Japan)

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Aogashima is often called the secret paradise of Japan. It’s a volcanic island off the coast of Tokyo, and typically you can only visit it via ferry or helicopter. Nobody’s doing either of those things in 2020, but you can visit it today in Microsoft Flight Simulator.

If you want to visit the island for yourself, PC Gamer has a good little guide on how to get there.


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Image: Kotaku

The Pyramids, Sphinx

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Image: Kotaku
Image: Kotaku

The Simpson Desert, Australia

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Mount Fuji (Japan)

Mount Fuji 富士山 from r/MicrosoftFlightSim

Mt. Everest

Everest isn’t that hard to climb, what’s the big fuss? from r/MicrosoftFlightSim

Bushes on Mt. Everest? from r/MicrosoftFlightSim

Great Wall of China and The Forbidden City

Disney World

Phillip Island, Australia

Burning Man

Sierra Nevada Bush Trip takes you right over Burning Man from r/MicrosoftFlightSim

Lake Hillier, Western Australia

WA’s Lake Hillier is famous for its bright pink colour, a byproduct of the saline in the lake. The lake is mostly seen through scenic flights from Esperance Airport, although some cruises also stop by.


Sadly, the iconic Stonehenge monument didn’t receive a Melbourne Monolith-sized expansion.

Cancun, Mexico

The Mexican city is famous for its beaches, resorts and night life, and a common tourist spot for college students in the US during spring break.

The view that most people might be familiar with is the thin strip of coastline wedged between the ocean, and it looks absolutely remarkable in Flight Simulator. YouTuber Denis Fernandes captured some of it below.

Machu Picchu, Peru

What other historic locations have you seen — or would like to see — in Microsoft Flight Simulator?


  • Incredible. Such an amazing and yet obvious extension of things like Google Earth. Blows my mind thinking about what could be coming in the future – GTA: Dubbo anyone?

  • I did a flight the other day, took off from Whyalla and flew over the Flinders Ranges and landed at Leigh Creek.

    The terrain outside cities looks absolutely gorgeous but once you get into suburbia you it gets pretty ugly with low res images and generic houses and buildings.

  • Was happy they showed Uluru in the Pacific trailer. Hadn’t seen anything about it before and it’s one of the coolest things in Aus.

    They should definitely go around to more iconic locations like Stonehenge and do touch ups during post launch support

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