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The Rebel Ballerina Who Made a Ghost Town in Death Valley into Her Stage

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Under a blistering Death Valley sun, Marta Becket resurrected the Amargosa Opera House with nothing but a paint brush and fierce devotion to her art. Marta lived in Death Valley until she was 92 years old, and though she is no longer with us, her legacy lives on in the art and spirit of the Opera House. It’s an amazing tribute to her unique vision and the unstoppable drive to chase a dream. 

There's character to spare throughout California's desert region, including some delightfully quirky lodging options that will add flavor to any trip. And if you're intrigued by out-of-the-way attractions, be sure to peruse this list of the most remote destinations in the Golden State. 

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