A Complete List of All Photorealistic Cities in Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020

The world is absolutely gigantic and recreating the entire thing obviously isn’t possible. To help with that, Asobo Studio used a variety of methods to get the planet in Microsoft Flight Simulator ready for traversal. Most of the planet has been auto generated using using textures and topographical information from Bing Maps. That is further helped by Microsoft Azure which generates the information on the terrain like buildings, trees, and water. However, for a more accurate representation of cities and points of interest, Asobo relied on photogrammetry. This process involves using images to recreate the locations. But that service wasn’t applied to every city in the world, instead the developers focused on a total of 341 which we’re listing below.

One thing of note is that most cities are in Europe or North America which is a bit disappointing. It sucks to see Pierre, South Dakota included but not Cairo, Egypt; Sao Paulo, Brazil; or Shanghai, China.

Regardless, you should be able to visit any of the locations below and have them be a relatively close match to the real world. Keep in mind that the map data may be a bit out of date. We’ve noticed some of Los Angeles was rendered using information from 2014. (Shout out to a billboard for the 2014 movie Unbroken)

This list is up to date as of August 20, 2020.

Australia

    • Canberra
    • Darwin City
    • Gold Coast
    • Hobart
    • Newcastle
    • Wollongong

Belgium 

    • Brussels

Canada

    • Calgary
    • Edmonton
    • Hamilton
    • London
    • Montreal
    • Ottawa
    • Quebec City
    • Toronto
    • Vancouver
    • Victoria
    • Winnipeg

Denmark

    • Copenhagen

France

    • Aix-en-Provence
    • Bordeaux
    • Lille
    • Marseille
    • Montpellier
    • Rennes
    • Rouen
    • Strasbourg

Germany

    • Aachen
    • Augsburg
    • Berlin
    • Bremen
    • Brunswick
    • Dresden
    • Duisburg
    • Halle (Saale)
    • Hamburg
    • Karlsruhe
    • Kiel
    • Leipzig
    • Magdeburg
    • Mannheim
    • Mönchengladbach
    • Munich
    • Münster
    • Nuremberg
    • Oberhausen

Italy

    • Bologna
    • Catania
    • Florence
    • Milan
    • Naples
    • Palermo
    • Rome
    • Venice
    • Verona

Spain

    • Alicante
    • Barcelona
    • Córdoba
    • Madrid
    • Marbella
    • Murcia
    • Pamplona
    • Seville
    • Valencia
    • Vigo

Switzerland

    • Zürich

United Kingdom

    • Portsmouth
    • Southampton

United States (By State)

Alabama

    • Anniston
    • Auburn
    • Birmingham
    • Decatur
    • Dothan
    • Huntsville
    • Mobile
    • Montgomery
    • Spanish Fort

Arizona

    • Anthem
    • Carefree
    • Catalina Foothills
    • Drexel Heights
    • Flagstaff
    • Lake Havasu City
    • Mesa
    • Oro Valley
    • Peoria
    • Phoenix
    • Prescott
    • San Tan Valley
    • Tempe
    • Tucson
    • Yuma

Arkansas

    • Little Rock

California

    • Agua Caliente
    • Anaheim
    • Antioch
    • Bakersfield
    • Castro Valley
    • Chico
    • Concord
    • Davis
    • Desert Hot Springs
    • Downey
    • Elk Grove
    • Fairfield
    • Foster City
    • Fremont
    • Fresno
    • Glendale
    • Hanford
    • Hollister
    • Hollywood
    • Inglewood
    • La Habra
    • Lodi
    • Long Beach
    • Los Angeles
    • Los Gatos
    • Madera
    • Manteca
    • Modesto
    • Moreno Valley
    • Oceanside
    • Oxnard
    • Palm Springs
    • Palmdale
    • Perris
    • Porterville
    • Redding
    • Reedley
    • Richmond
    • Sacramento
    • Salinas
    • San Bernardino
    • San Diego
    • San Francisco
    • San Jose
    • Santa Ana
    • Santa Barbara
    • Santa Clarita
    • Santa Cruz
    • Santa Monica
    • Selma
    • Simi Valley
    • Stockton
    • Temecula
    • Ukiah
    • Visalia
    • Yuba City
    • Yucaipa

Colorado

    • Boulder
    • Colorado Springs
    • Denver

Connecticut

    • Bridgeport
    • New Haven
    • Stamford

Delaware

    • Dover
    • Wilmington

Florida

    • Brandon
    • Clermont
    • Daytona Beach
    • Deltona
    • Flagler Beach
    • Fort Lauderdale
    • Fort Myers
    • Gainesville
    • Gulf Breeze
    • Immokalee
    • Jacksonville
    • Key West
    • Lake City
    • Lakeland
    • Leesburg
    • Marco Island
    • Miami
    • New Smyrna Beach
    • Ocala
    • Okeechobee
    • Orange Park
    • Orlando
    • Pace
    • Palatka
    • Palm Bay
    • Palm Beach
    • Palmetto Bay
    • Panama City
    • Pensacola
    • Poinciana
    • Port Charlotte
    • Port St. Lucie
    • Sarasota
    • Sebring
    • Spring Hill
    • St. Petersburg
    • Tallahassee
    • Tampa
    • Tarpon Springs
    • Titusville
    • Universal Studios Florida
    • Venice
    • Walt Disney World Resort
    • Winter Haven
    • Winter Park
    • Zephyrhills

Georgia

    • Atlanta
    • Brunswick
    • Columbus
    • Gainesville
    • Griffin
    • LaGrange
    • Macon
    • Marietta
    • Peachtree City
    • Riverdale
    • Roswell
    • Savannah
    • Sea Island
    • St. Marys
    • Statesboro
    • Valdosta

Illinois

    • Carbondale
    • Champaign
    • Chicago
    • Kankakee
    • Marion
    • Rock Island
    • Springfield

Indiana

    • Fort Wayne
    • Indianapolis
    • Kokomo
    • Michigan City
    • South Bend

Iowa

    • Des Moines

Kansas

    • Topeka
    • Wichita

Kentucky

    • Louisville

Louisiana

    • Baton Rouge
    • Monroe
    • New Orleans
    • Shreveport

Maine

    • Augusta
    • Portland

Maryland

    • Baltimore

Massachusetts

    • Boston
    • Brockton
    • Lowell
    • Springfield
    • Worcester

Michigan

    • Ann Arbor
    • Detroit

Minnesota

    • Farmington
    • Minneapolis

Mississippi

    • Gulfport
    • Jackson
    • Laurel

Missouri

    • Columbia
    • Jefferson City
    • Kansas City
    • Springfield
    • St. Louis

Nebraska

    • Lincoln
    • Omaha

Nevada

    • Carson City
    • Las Vegas
    • Reno

New Hampshire

    • Concord

New Jersey

    • Edison
    • Middletown
    • Newark
    • Toms River
    • Trenton
    • Willingboro

New Mexico

    • Albuquerque
    • Bernalillo
    • Las Cruces
    • Los Lunas
    • Santa Fe

New York

    • New York
    • Niagara Falls
    • Syracuse

North Carolina

    • Durham
    • Greensboro
    • Raleigh
    • Winston-Salem

North Dakota

    • Bismarck
    • Fargo

Ohio

    • Cincinnati
    • Cleveland
    • Columbus
    • Dayton
    • Toledo

Oklahoma

    • Oklahoma City
    • Tulsa

Oregon

    • Beaverton
    • Portland

Pennsylvania

    • Abington
    • Harrisburg
    • McCandless
    • Norristown
    • Philadelphia
    • Pittsburgh

Rhode Island

    • Providence

South Carolina

    • Charleston
    • Columbia
    • Goose Creek
    • Greenville
    • Summerville

South Dakota

    • Pierre

Tennessee

    • Memphis
    • Nashville

Texas

    • Amarillo
    • Austin
    • Brownsville
    • Corpus Christi
    • El Paso
    • Fort Worth
    • Galveston
    • Houston
    • Kingwood
    • Laredo
    • Longview
    • Lubbock
    • McAllen
    • Midland
    • San Antonio
    • The Woodlands

Utah

    • Salt Lake City

Virginia

    • Norfolk
    • Richmond

Washington

    • Everett
    • Seattle
    • Tacoma

Wisconsin

    • Appleton
    • Fond du Lac
    • Green Bay
    • Janesville
    • Madison
    • Milwaukee
    • Oshkosh
    • Sheboygan

Wyoming

    • Cheyenne
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Dillon Skiffington

Dillon is the Guides Editor at Fanbyte. He can't seem to quit games as a service or looter shooters — unfortunate news for his backlog, really. Can't get enough game art, soundtracks, or space games.

6 Comments

  1. I just found out, that the german city of Offenbach (and some parts of eastern Frankfurt) are photorealistic, too! Is that new?

  2. Okay, I can say for certain, Las Vegas looks more like it’s post-apocalyptic. Some hotels are missing completely (sorry Station casinos), and a good portion of the Strip covered in giant trees.

  3. Do you know if there’s plans to add more to the list?. They choosed very little from Europe. I miss Palma de Mallorca, wich cathedral was remplaced by a boxy building… and the 17th century castle with big air machines on top like a office building.

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