MSFS2020 - U.S. State Capitals tour in Cessna 172

Andrew Northover, over at MSFS2020 FB group, had this idea to fly Cessna 172 to every State Capital in America, inspired by Randal Olson’s State Capitols road trip. I loved this idea and decided to do this trip as well.

I am a long time flight simulator user (FSX), and recently switched to MSFS2020. For GA aircraft, the sim is good to go; for jetliners, I am waiting for third party study-level aircraft. I normally fly Airbus A319, and the Airbus A320 family is not modeled that well for default aircraft. So, for the time being, flying GA AC VFR and IFR is great for sightseeing all of the State Capitals.

I plan on doing a video for each leg of the trip on my YouTube channel, and will include a link to each leg’s video below.

Some flights will be VFR, some IFR, depending on weather, airports, and other factors.

A little bit about my system and setup:

I run IBP Intel i7 10700K processor, Nvidia 2080S GPU, 32 Gb of RAM, 1Tb SSD. The screen is 1440 LG 32 inch panel.

My controls are Logitech 3D pro stick, FSX keyboard, and Amazon Fire HD 10 inch tablet. Sound: CA sound system with sub-woofer.

For flight planning I will use MSFS2020 built in flight planner and Simbrief. I will use Navigraph charts, as well as Navigraph moving map.

Here is a folder with the flight plans: US Capitals Tour - FLIGHT PLANS

Here’s the itinerary for the trip. (Click on each leg to see a video of the flight).

  • Leg 6: Harrisburg, VA to Charleston, WV (IFR) (no video) (SkyVector FP)
  • Leg 8: Columbus, OH to Frankfort, KY (no video)
  • Leg 9: Frankfort, KY to Nashville, TN (no video)
  • Leg 10: Nashville, TN to Indianapolis, IN
  • Leg 11: Indianapolis, IN to Lansing, MI
  • Leg 12: Lansing, MI to Springfield, IL
  • Leg 13: Springfield, IL to Madison, WI
  • Leg 14: Madison, WI to St Paul, MN
  • Leg 15: St Paul, MN to Pierre, SD
  • Leg 16: Pierre, SD to Bismarck, ND
  • Leg 18: Helena, MT to Olympia, WA
  • Leg 19: Olympia, WA to Salem, OR
  • Leg 20: Salem, OR to Sacramento, CA
  • Leg 21: Sacramento, CA to Carson City, NV
  • Leg 22: Carson City, NV to Boise, ID
  • Leg 23: Boise, ID to Salt Lake City, UT (IFR / FF / VATSIM) 21 Nov 2020
  • Leg 24: SLC to Cheyenne, WY (Leg A: U48 to KRKS; Leg B: KRKS to KCYS)
  • Leg 25: Cheyenne, WY to Denver, CO
  • Leg 26: Denver, Co to Santa Fe, NM (with fuel stop in KTAD)
  • Leg 27: Santa Fe, NM to Phoenix, AZ (with a stop in KGUP)
  • Leg 28: Phoenix, AZ to Austin, TX (with a stop at KFST)
  • Leg 29: Austin, TX to Oklahoma City, OK (with a stop in KDFW)
  • Topeka, KS
  • Lincoln, NE
  • Des Moines, IA
  • Jefferson City, MO
  • Little Rock, AR
  • Jackson, MS
  • Baton Rouge, LA
  • Tallahassee, FL
  • Montgomery, AL
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Columbia, SC
  • Raleigh, NC
  • Richmond, VA
  • Annapolis, MD
  • Dover, DE
  • Hartford, CT
  • Providence, RI
  • Boston, MA