September is when the temperatures and crowds usually begin to decline in many of the world’s premier dream destinations. This means there’s plenty of options for you to finally tick some off your bucket list. The month is particularly a wonderful time to immerse yourself in a new culture or explore a buzzing metropolis.

    Fancy a picturesque Greek island getaway? An iconic American urban jungle? Beautiful green escapes in one of South America’s most exciting cities? September has the magic formula for scenic adventures, culture and culinary journeys all rolled into one. Whether you love the lights of the big city or the fresh air of a beautiful park, here’s where to go in September.

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    New York, USA

    Comfortable temperatures and Labor Day parties

    September in New York means action-packed sports, open-air movies, and exciting festivals. Head to Flushing Meadows-Corona Park for the US Open and watch the greatest tennis stars in the world. If you wish to catch some American soccer, skip to MetLife Stadium for a Jets or Giants game.

    Kick-off your Labor Day weekend by enjoying the fabulous weather at the iconic Central Park or Brooklyn’s answer, Prospect Park. Waltz along the boardwalk of Coney Island or hit the surf at Rockaway Beach for a fun beach day. Venture to Randall Island to dance all weekend at the Electric Zoo Music Festival. Complete your fantastic September in New York by going to Crown Heights in Brooklyn for the West Indian American Day Carnival to celebrate Caribbean culture.

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    Santorini, Greece

    Greek culture and pristine beaches with fewer crowds

    Santorini remains a sunny beach paradise as Greece heads into autumn, but without the maddening crowds common in the peak summer months. The crystalline waters of the Aegean Sea are still warm enough for a swim and the evenings are still long and balmy. Admire the striking black sand shores of Kamari Beach and gaze at the rugged mountain overlooking the sea. Or head to Red Beach to witness the mystifying red clay and black-and-red pebbles strewn across the shore. From Perivolos to the secluded Cape Columbo, you’ll fall in love with Santorini’s beaches in September.

    Cruise to the nearby island of Thirasía and visit the quaint village of Manolas for an authentic Greek experience. Visit the white-washed Church of the Virgin Mary or stop by a local restaurant for delicious Greek cuisine made from locally sourced ingredients paired with breathtaking panoramas.

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    Marrakech, Morocco

    Cooling temperatures and fascinating Moroccan culture

    When visiting Marrakech in September you can say goodbye to the blistering summer heat and welcome a host of fun-filled cultural activities. Get ready to party and hear roaring electronic dance music at the Oasis Festival to dance the night away, dine on Moroccan cuisine and view stunning works of art. Take advantage of the balmy weather by venturing to the High Atlas Mountains. Learn about the culture of the Berber people before trekking to the peak of Mount Toubkal, North Africa’s tallest mountain.

    For an iconic experience, journey to the village of Imilchil and witness the annual Imilchil Marriage Festival. This sacred event of the Berber people brings prospective men and women together to help them tie the knot.

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    Buenos Aires, Argentina

    Spring fever and wine tastings

    The arrival of spring greets Buenos Aires in September and the lively squares come to life once again. Stroll through the streets and gaze at the violet jacarandas and colorful lapacho trees in bloom around every corner. From Parque Tres de Febrero to Parque Centenario, there are numerous urban parks to enjoy the outdoors. Head to the nearby town of Tigre and cruise the Paraná Delta for a magical nature escape. Wine connoisseurs are in for a treat at Vinos y Bodegas where you can sample delicious blends from hundreds of Argentine wineries.

    Wander the open-air markets in Plaza Francia, San Telmo and Plaza Italia for a shopping extravaganza. They’re great places to browse for artistic handmade crafts, antiques, books and delightful street food.

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    Seville, Spain

    The home of Andalusian culture

    As the unbearable heat of summer begins to fade in Seville, September is a time to enjoy some festive Spanish activities. Get a friendly introduction to lively Andalusian culture by visiting the Cajasol Cultural Center for entertaining flamenco performances. La Bienal de Flamenco takes place every 2 years and is a must-see if it’s on during your visit. Watch the greatest performers dazzle audiences with amazing songs and dance routines. Join the fun by participating in flamenco courses and master the feisty dance.

    The streets of Seville come alive in September. It’s also the perfect time to search for the tastiest tapas. Head to the Triana or Feria neighborhoods to chat with locals and sample local delicacies. As an ancient Moorish capital, you can see a blend of cultures in many of the city's landmarks – none more so than Real Alcázar palace. It makes Seville a fascinating city for sightseeing.

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    Daniel Grenier | Contributing Writer

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