Jun 16, 2019 - Jun 17, 2019
2 guests - 1 room
International Falls is so named for its position on the Canadian border (across the Rainy River) as well as the falls at nearby Rainy Lake. Tourism is mostly centered on trips to the lake for outdoor recreation during the warm months, but it's also an area from which you can see the Northern Lights. Travelers also use it as a base for visiting nearby Voyageurs National Park and Smokey Bear Park.
The city itself has only about a half a dozen lodging options, with a few more located just over the border in Canada. Due to tourism in the warm seasons, and the relatively isolated location and weather during the snowy season, prices tend to run a little high all year long. Expect rack rates of around $60 USD for budget hotel chains to $150 USD for the more upscale options.
Though the city is known as the "Icebox of the Nation", the period from April to October is usually mild and free of snow, and it can get surprisingly warm in the depths of summer. Tourism to the area is all about outdoor activities and enjoying the nearby parks and lake, so expect summer hotel prices to be considerably higher, especially on weekends.
As tends to be the case in isolated and cold areas with relatively few hotels, prices don't dip all that much even when the weather gets awful, as hotel owners know customers will pretty much pay what they ask when the alternative is freezing outside. An almost total lack of tourist traffic during this time does help blunt hotel prices to at least some degree, however.
Just about all of the lodging options in International Falls are located in a cluster along 3rd Avenue starting a few blocks south from the river. It's going to be a drive to most of the outdoor recreation activities that most people come to the city for, so you might as well just pick the best deal or the most appealing option among these. The exception is Rainy Lake, which has a few lodges and motels much closer by (such as the Thunderbird Lodge and the Pines of Kabetogama Resort.
If you'd prefer to stay in Canada, there are a few options scattered along the river just on the other side of the border. They tend to cost as much or more as the rates on the United States side, however.
There aren't any five-star resorts for miles and miles. The most upscale options in International Falls are some three-star and two-star properties such as the AmericInn Hotel & Suites and the Days Inn. The lodges out by the lake tend to have nicer rooms and more amenities than the properties in town.
The lowest prices in International Falls on any given night will likely be found at the various motels. The chains with the lowest prices are usually the America's Best Value Inn and the Super 8, though the local mom-and-pop motels will probably have the lowest possible rates at any time.