The itinerary: A side trip in Maine for ‘Goodnight Moon’ fans

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For ‘Goodnight Moon’ fans

Take a ferry to picturesque Vinalhaven Island in Penobscot Bay off the Maine coast for great biking, beautiful coastal scenery and a connection to the beloved children’s book Goodnight Moon. The scenic ferry ride from Rockland, on the mainland, takes 75 minutes. Author Margaret Wise Brown had a summer home on Vinalhaven that she called “The Only House” because, at night, she couldn’t see any other lights. The Vinalhaven Historical Society maintains a small exhibit about Brown, who died in 1952. Hours for the historical society, at 41 High St. and walking distance from the ferry, are 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Free admission, donations welcome;

— Los Angeles Times

Q&A: Australia

We’d love to visit Australia. What time of year is best, and what are the top three “must-see” sites?

Australian winter is actually the most pleasant time of year in the most popular parts of the country, with daytime highs ranging from the high 60s to the high 80s, and little if any rain. This is also peak tourist season, though, especially June to August. Picking the top three sights is a challenge, but you ought to see Sydney with its Opera House and harbor; the Great Barrier Reef; and Uluru, the mystical rock in the middle of the Outback that’s hard to get to but worth the trip. All may not be doable in one vacation.

— Zofia Smardz, The Washington Post

A patriotic must-see

A rare first edition of The Star-Spangled Banner is on display at the Morgan Library & Museum in New York City for the 200th anniversary of the national anthem. The Francis Scott Key poem that was set to music was inspired by the Stars and Stripes flying over Fort McHenry in Baltimore after a British attack in September 1814. The first edition on display has “patriotic” misspelled in the subtitle. It is one of only a handful of surviving copies. The museum is at 225 Madison Ave., Manhattan. 212-685-0008;

— The Associated Press

Fun fact

Kids vote for Norway

The popularity of the Disney movie Frozen is inspiring fans to visit Norway to see the landscape that inspired the animated movie setting. Harald Hansen, U.S. spokesman for Visit Norway, said the number of U.S. tourists to Norway has increased markedly since the film’s release in November. He said tour operators have seen a 40 percent sales increase this year compared with the same period last year, while Oslo Airport Gardermoen reported a 57 percent increase in arrivals from New York for the first quarter of the year.

— The Associated Press

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