Hey Toro! You should check out Mount St. Helens for sure! You won't get any meadows up the climb/hike route, but it's incredible landscape. I'm biased, mind you - I volunteer on the mountain. That said, it's awesome.
You can stay at the Lone Fir Resort in Cougar, which is about 10 miles from the TH. Permits are usually $22 - you'll have to find one through Purmit.com since they sold out a long time ago. It gets you above 4800ft on the mountain. Of course, there are TONS of beautiful places around MSH.