The area is not as packed with tourist highlights as central Stockholm, but there are forests and waterfront areas for retreating from city-life.
The area consists of several municipalities, separate from Stockholm: Danderyd, Täby, Vallentuna, Sollentuna, Upplands-Väsby, Upplands-Bro, Solna, Sundbyberg and Järfälla.
During the Viking Age and Middle Ages, the area was known as Attundaland, an entity surviving only with the fire brigade Brandkåren Attunda and the courthouse Attunda Tingsrätt.
During the 20th century, the area transformed from farms to suburbs. Solna and Sundbyberg are autonomous cities, with rectangular city blocks as well as modernist apartment rows. Helenelund and Danderyd are affluent garden cities.
With the Karolinska Institute, famous for distributing the Nobel Prize in medicine, Solna is a center for health science and biotechnology.
Get in/Get around
Public transport covers most of the region. See Stockholm#Public transport. Roslagsbanan is a narrow-gauge commuter railroad, worn down, but more quaint than regular railroads.
While the suburbs are exempt from congestion tax, the road connections to central Stockholm (from Solna) have toll stations. See Stockholm#Car.
Hagaparken is a royal palace park in Solna with a rich history, great for picnics. The palace is currently the residence of Crown Princess Victoria.
Edsbergs slott is a 17th century palace, today mainly used by the Royal College of Music.
Bögsgård, a farm in Sollentuna for displaying traditional agriculture. The farm has been featured twice at American The Amazing Race.
Several beaches for open-water swimming, especially at Järfälla and Sollentuna.
Friends Arena, , is the new 50,000-seat stadium for international football games and other event, opened in October, 2012, home arena for the national football team, as well as AIK.
Väsjöbacken in Sollentuna, alpine skiing during winter.
Brukets skidbacke in Järfälla, alpine skiing and snowboarding during winter. 
Solvalla hippodrome (Free buses from the City Terminal and T Sundbyberg before races, or a 10 min walk from T Rissne) +46 8 635 90 00 . For a day at the races, you can go to Stockholm's hippodrome Solvalla in the northwestern suburbs, watch trotters compete in harness racing, and place some bets. Races are held Wednesday nights and many weekends. The biggest event is the prestigious Elitloppet race  at the end of May every year.
Stockholm Quality Outlet, Majorsvägen 2-4, Järfälla (Commuter train to Jakobsberg and then bus 567) . Open M-F 11:00-20:00, Sa 10:00-17:00, Su 11:00-17:00. Close to one of Stockholm's two IKEA stores, in the suburb Barkarby, rather far out northwest of the city center, you will find a factory outlet village that claims to be the first and biggest in the Nordic countries, and promises prices 30 to 60 percent lower than in the city center stores.
Täby Centrum, (Roslagsbanan Täby Centrum), . Open daily 10:00-19:00.
Solna Centrum, (Hotellgatan Solna Centrum), . Open M-F 10:00-19:00, Sa 10:00-17:00, Su 11:00-17:00.
IKEA Barkarby: While the IKEA stores are similar around the world, the diners are the cheapest in Sweden, with a two-sandwich breakfast for 10 SEK, and a full meal for 45 SEK.
Edsbacka krog, Sollentunavägen 220 (Commuter train to Sollentuna, buses 607, 627 to Edsbacka), +46 8 96 33 00 . Open M-F 17:30-24:00, Sa 14:00-24:00 (Edsbacka Krog is closing down Feb 27 2010). Located 15 km north of central Stockholm, Sollentuna’s rather traditionalist Edsbacka Krog is the only Swedish restaurant with two stars in the Michelin Guide Rouge. Extensive wine list. Mains 370-420 SEK, menus 750-1200 SEK.
Stallmästaregården,  is Stockholm's oldest surviving inn.
As most residents venture to central Stockholm for nightlife, the suburbs mostly contain local hangouts and hotel bars. A few places beyond the usual are:
Garbo in Sundbyberg might be the most lively nightclub in suburban Stockholm. As 50% of Sundbyberg households are singles (reputedly the highest portion for any city in the world), this is the place for pick-up artists.
Several sport bars in Solna around the dismantled Råsunda Stadium.
Radisson Blu Royal Park Hotel in Hagaparken, Solna.