Those with a few days on their hands will be well-rewarded if they make the effort to get out of Perm and explore the surrounding area, as many beautiful spots in the Ural Mountains can be visited on a day trip. A good place to start is Usva, a lovely village of traditional wooden cottages spread out on the banks of a river and surrounded by taiga forests. From here you can walk along the river bank to a natural 150 m stone column protruding into the air, known as Chyortovy Palets ('Devil's Finger'). From Usva you can also access Kamenny Gorod ('Stone City'), a large area in the forest strewn with huge boulders and monoliths. Climbing the tallest gives you a spectacular view of the surrounding taiga forest. Other attractions near Perm include perhaps the best-preserved of Stalin's gulag concentration camps, Perm 36, and the Kungur Ice Cave. Well equipped for excursions, these grottos receive 100,000 tourists a year who come to see the ice formations within, both natural and man-made. The best time to visit is March or April when there is still a lot of ice left over from winter.